Jets RB Le'Veon Bell reportedly wants a trade, could a reunion in Pittsburgh be an option?

Could a reunion in Pittsburgh be an option for Le'Veon Bell? originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Le'Veon Bell experience in New York has been a disaster. Now, it could reportedly be coming to an end, and soon.

The 28-year-old running back reportedly wants a trade from the Jets, according to multiple reports that surfaced on Tuesday. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News was first to report the news.

Bell is in his second season with the Jets after signing a four-year, $52 million contract with New York in 2019. He's due $6 million over the remainder of 2020, plus roster bonuses.

With Bell's dislike for head coach Adam Gase and desire to leave the Big Apple well known, it's worth asking the question: where will he end up next?

Well, there's one team that should consider trading for the running back, and it's a team both Bell and the Baltimore Ravens are familiar with.

That would be the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team Bell spent the first six seasons of his NFL career with.

During his time with the Steelers, Bell ascended from a second-round pick to arguably the NFL's best running back. Yes, Bell did run behind an incredible offensive line and play in an offense with multiple other stars that helped ease the load on him. But make no mistake about it, Bell was a star in the Steel City.

It wasn't all roses in Pittsburgh, however, as the breakup was quite messy. Bell infamously sat out the entire 2018 season to preserve his body before hitting free agency, as the running back and Pittsburgh could not agree on a long-term deal.

Bell ultimately got the money he wanted by signing with the Jets, but questions about his fit with the team immediately came to the forefront. Since then, nothing has happened to alleviate those concerns.

Last year -- Bell's first with the Jets -- the running back ran for a career-low 3.2 yards-per-carry. His 52.6 yards-per-game average was by far the lowest of his NFL tenure. His three touchdowns were tied for the worst mark of his career.

Bell's name was a popular one around the trade deadline last season, but the Jets ultimately didn't pull the trigger on a deal. However, multiple teams did inquire about Bell's services, including his old team in Pittsburgh.

Since Bell's departure, James Conner has been the primary back in Pittsburgh. Conner has been solid for the Steelers, but he's also yet to play a full season for the team and missed six games last season due to injury. Pittsburgh has gotten some contribution from rushers Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels, too, but nothing consistent enough to count on a weekly basis.

So, while running back might necessarily be a need for the Black and Gold, the team certainly could benefit from Bell's services.

Pittsburgh has begun the 2020 season 4-0 and has looked as good as any team thus far. And while he's played well, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 38 years old and coming off a major elbow injury. With no QB for the future in place, this year could be one of the last for Pittsburgh to make a Super Bowl run in the near future.

Since arriving in New York, Bell has gone from a top-three running back to a borderline starter. If Bell is still an elite NFL running back -- which he surely believes he is -- he won't be able to showcase that with the Jets.

A reunion between Bell and Pittsburgh makes too much sense for both sides. And if it happens, Baltimore and the rest of the AFC better watch out.

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