NFL trade rumors: Is Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell on Eagles’ Howie Roseman’s radar?


The Eagles went into their Thursday Night Football Game with two primary options at running back: Corey Clement, who was returning from a quad injury, and Wendell Smallwood, who’s struggled in pass protection and in holding on to the ball.

The plan worked against the Giants. Clement had 11 carries for 43 yards and one touchdown. Smallwood chipped in with 18 carries for 51 yards to help the Eagles leave MetLife Stadium with a 34-13 win.

No, those weren’t Saquon Barkley numbers (13 carries, 130 yards, one touchdown).

But in a game missing Jay Ajayi (torn ACL) and Darren Sproles (hamstring), it has to count for progress.

Question is, was it enough progress to prevent executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman from trading for another running back.

Much of the talk this week has focused on a potential deal with the Buffalo Bills for former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

But the Pittsburgh Steelers still need to decide what they want to do with Le’Veon Bell when he returns and signs his franchise tender.

Thursday on WIP, CBS NFL insider Jason La Canfora said a Steelers-Eagles deal isn’t out of the question.

La Canfora said the Steelers are monitoring the Eagles’ situation and are “hoping that Howie Roseman calls back.”

“I’m not gonna say that guys were sleeping with their phone on their chest praying they got a call from Howie late Sunday night, but they’re hoping that Howie calls back,” La Canfora said. “They’re certainly analyzing the situation, they’ll be watching the game tonight and waiting to see what happens this weekend. Because obviously this is a natural time for the Eagles to panic.”

La Canfora added that people around the league who know Roseman do not believe he will sit on his hands. 

10 options at RB

So it would seem the ball is in Roseman’s court. Make a deal for an instant upgrade with potential salary cap headaches. Or try to ride out the season with a banged-up group of running backs who might have the right stuff to keep the offense on schedule for Carson Wentz.

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