Former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell could be on the move again.
The New York Jets, which signed Bell to a four-year, $52 million contract over the offseason, are looking into trading him before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, according to a report by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
Sources: Jets looking to trade Le’Veon Bell before 4 pm deadline.
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 29, 2019
Bell has rushed 109 times for 349 yards over the first seven games for the Jets for a career-worst 3.2 yards per carry average. He’s also caught 32 passes for 187 yards and has two total touchdowns.
Under new head coach Adam Gase, Bell was supposed to be one of the key pieces for a revamped Jets team, along with wide receiver Jamison Crowder and linebacker C.J. Mosley.
But the Jets have fallen into a 1-6 hole after poor play from second-year starting quarterback Sam Darnold and an inconsistent offensive line have combined to make the Jets No. 31 in the league in scoring offense and No. 32 in yards per game.
Trading Bell would leave the Jets with significant salary cap penalties, accruing a $6 million dead cap hit in 2020.
The Steelers could potentially be in the market for a running back this week, with James Conner, Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell all dealing with injuries, but they don’t have what the Jets would likely be looking for in exchange for Bell — a 2020 first-round draft pick — which the Steelers already traded to Miami for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.
NFL Hosting Women’s Careers in Football Forum
The NFL is hosting its fifth annual Women’s Careers in Football Forum from Feb. 24-25, the league announced in a press release Tuesday.
The event will be held virtually and “connect 40 women, 75% of whom are women of color, with leaders in professional football to help those women network and build relationships in the areas of coaching, scouting and football operations.”
Those participating in the event will join panel discussions, breakout sessions and have networking opportunities with industry leaders, such as head coaches and team executives. All portions of the event are aimed at building connections that will result in hirings and subsequent representation.
Since its inception in 2017, the two-day event has assisted in developing “a more diverse talent pipeline by connecting high-potential women to career opportunities in football.” According to the league, 118 opportunities for women in football have been created as a result.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and wife Jane Skinner Goodell will speak, as well as NFL Chief Football Administrative Officer Dawn Aponte. In addition, three owners, seven head coaches and six general managers will also join the conversation.
Sarah Thomas made history earlier this month becoming the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl. The champion Tamp Bay Buccaneers also had a record number of women on their coaching staff this past season.
Report: 2021 NFL Salary Cap Expected at $182-183 Million
The 2021 NFL salary cap is expected to be around $182 or $183 million, according to a report by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
That is just slightly above the bare-minimum figure of $180 million agreed to by the NFL and NFLPA last week, and aligns with Steelers Now sources that predict the cap will fall between $180 and $185 million.
The Steelers are one of several teams that will be significantly over the salary cap, regardless of what figure is.
According to Pro Football Talk, those teams have been lobbying to increase the 2021 salary cap at the expense of future years to minimize the impact the pandemic has had on NFL operations.
Doing so would essentially amount to an interest-free loan given by the owners to the players, something that some owners have balked at.
That final figure could still be impacted by the league signing new television contracts for the 2022 season before the salary cap is finalized, which is expected some time in March.
The new league year starts on March 17, which is the day that all teams must be under the new salary cap.
Will James Conner Ever Reach 1,000 Yards in a Season?
Some feel he doesn’t get the credit he deserves while others think James Conner is just simply not NFL featured back material.
Either way, it’s very possible Conner has played his final game as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He accumulated 721 yards on 169 carries for an average of 4.3 yards per carry and 6 touchdowns in 13 games during the 2020 season. Conner’s highest yardage total and best overall season came in 2018 when he compiled 973 yards off 215 carries, equaling 4.5 yards per. The Pitt product, who the Steelers kept in Pittsburgh by drafting in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, was selected to his only Pro Bowl for his surprise success in 2018.
Since 2018, it’s been a roller coaster ride of injuries and inconsistency for Conner. The 2018 season remains the only year Conner even flirted with the 1,000 yard mark. With his professional future currently in doubt, the question now becomes – will Conner ever accomplish an 1,000 yard season in the NFL, either with the Steelers or wherever he ends up?