Move is unlikely but could facilitate trade
The Steelers might still place the transition tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, but it is likely with the intention of trading him and not because they want him for another season, according to sources. But sources indicate coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert do not want to go through a third consecutive year of dealing with Bell’s disruptive situation and have no desire to sign him to a long-term deal or place the transition tag on him with the intention of keeping him for one more season. Ideally, the Steelers would find a team interested in Bell, place the transition tag on him, sign him and trade him to that interested team the same day. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Nerdy Football Analysis: The Steelers are exploring all options in an effort to get the most in return for Bell but this scenario seems unlikely given the cold nature of the relationship between Bell and the team. Bell would have to cooperate with the Steelers and would run the risk of getting stuck on a one-year deal with his new team.