Le'Veon Bell will reportedly return to Pittsburgh in Week 7

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Seattle Seahawks star safety Earl Thomas has spent much of the first few weeks of the season in a standoffish situation with the team that had put it all in a tough spot.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are now "actively" trying to trade disgruntled holdout running back Le'Veon Bell, NFL Network reported Sunday. The Eagles would likely have to clear some salary and cap space in order to facilitate taking on Bell's $850,000 a week salary, but they have trade candidates like backup quarterback Nick Foles who could play a roll in that.

"It (stinks) having to sit out football", Bell told ESPN.

"If he doesn't come then he's not a team player", Wagner said of Thomas. This is what Earl feared all along, this is why he was holding out, hell this is the exact reason Le'Veon Bell isn't showing up. Bell, while one of the NFL's best running backs, would be a one-year rental, and there's no guarantee he'd want to re-sign with the 49ers, who couldn't negotiate with him until after the season ends.

A Bell-Thomas swap is surely off the table now, though.

Thomas, 29, held out during the preseason after the Seahawks refused to meet his demands for a long-term contract extension or trade him.

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"I know the guaranteed money will be there (in March)", Bell said. Before a deal can be done, Bell would have to be persuaded to sign a one-year contract.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Pittsburgh will still listen to trade offers for the impending free agent, adding that Bell's plan to return, "would not dissuade the Steelers from making a deal that made sense".

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