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Steelers GM won’t rule out bringing back Le’Veon Bell

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the midst of a transformative offseason, but general manager Kevin Colbert has nevertheless declined to rule out the potential return of Le’Veon Bell.

The disgruntled running back, after sitting out the entire 2018 season, will soon hit unrestricted free agency. Colbert, addressing myriad issues Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine confronting the Steelers, said the team would consider a reunion once Bell tests out the market.

“We’re gonna leave that door open, as we do with all of our players,” Colbert said, as transcribed by Steelers Depot. “When a player comes back to us after they’ve been on the market for a while, it’s usually a good environment because they know what’s out there for them. And if we can do something better for them, great.”

Bell of course would have to be interested in a reunion, and there’s been no indication that’s the case. Given Bell’s stance throughout his protracted holdout, money will be a major motivating factor, something that may preclude the Steelers from consideration.

That said, the belief is that Bell may be overestimating what kind of offers he’ll soon receive on the open market. Further, as Colbert notes, the presence of James Conner, who enjoyed an outstanding season in Bell’s absence, greatly diminishes the Steelers’ need at the position.

“But in the meantime, we had a young man named James Conner, and another named Jaylen Samuels, who stepped up and filled that position very well for us,” Colbert said. “So the kind of money that it may take to take a guy like Le’Veon off the market, and what it does to the remainder of what we’ll be able to do, we’ll balance that all out, but we’ll always leave that door open.”

Colbert presumably is simply doing his due diligence with his comments on Bell, as the notion of the running back returning to fold after all the acrimony has to be considered slim to none. The same can be said about Antonio Brown, despite the Steelers’ suggestion a return is possible should the team not receive fair compensation in a potential trade.