"I want to play".
The Philadelphia Eagles were among the teams Bell mentioned might have a mutual interest in giving him guaranteed money.More news: American, Japanese win Nobel for cancer research
Bell has yet to sign his one-year franchise tender, and in turn has yet to play a snap this season.
A trade for Bell could prove hard to consummate, as the team acquiring him from Pittsburgh wouldn't be allowed to negotiate a long-term deal before the end of the season, per the franchise tag rules.
So, 49ers fans who want Bell in red and gold shouldn't get too excited.More news: Iran, major powers labour to keep nuclear deal afloat
Meanwhile, Bell's continued absence from Pittsburgh has raised questions about what his future salary could and would be if the Steelers, or any team that traded for him, used the transition tag on him this offseason. "If a team wanted to, they could definitely do what they needed to do to make me happy and satisfied". It was fear of injury that caused him to hold out in the first place, afraid that an injury in preseason or practice would limit his ability to get paid on the open market or possibly get traded to a team that would want to pay him. "He should be 100% by the Super Bowl... and free agency", Ian Rapoport tweeted. "A lot of people call me selfish but I'm really not". "At the end of the day, they said what they said in the media. But I'm still holding out hope". The Steelers offense could use a lift - Bell would be a game-changer.
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