49ers called Steelers to explore Le'Veon Bell trade

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It appears to be anyone's guess as to where Bell is going to be playing moving forward.

Pittsburgh and Bell had contract talks this past offseason, but they could not come to an agreement on a fair compensation for what Bell brings to the field. The NFL trade deadline isn't until October 30, and the Steelers' phone will be ringing plenty.

Bell hasn't been traded yet, so we don't know his value.

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If that's truly the Steelers' asking price, the 49ers likely quickly hung up the phone.

Kevin Colbert, the team's general manager, is seeking at least a second-round draft pick and a good player in return for the running back, who has been holding out rather than sign a franchise tender.

Last season with the Steelers, Bell was absolutely dominant on the ground and through the air.

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Meanwhile, second-year rusher James Conner has thrived in Bell's absence, rushing for 213 yards and three touchdowns while catching 15 passes for 139 yards.

The thought process from Bell's camp is to minimize the wear-and-tear on the dual-threat running back before he heads into free agency after the season. Trade offers may get more aggressive with the trade deadline right around the corner, but it seems like it would be surprising if the Steelers moved their star running back.

ESPN had a major update on Bell and his potential trade suitors earlier today. It's a moot point so far, though, because teams aren't stepping up with offers.

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