RB Le’Veon Bell to sign with Kansas City Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City chiefs added some potential punch to their running game on Thursday as veteran Le’Veon Bell told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that he would like to sign with the defending Super Bowl champion.

Bell, who was released by the New York Jets earlier this week, will sign a one-year contract, a source told ESPN’s Adam Skeeter.

He narrowed his choice to the majors, the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, a source told Fowler on Thursday.

The Chiefs played the Jets in Week 8.

Bell will undergo five days of COVID-19 testing before he can join the Chiefs, per league protocol, so he will not be available to play on Monday, when the Chiefs visit the Bills.

The 4-1 Chiefs are 13th in the league in rushing for 119 yards per game and 10th in carries for 4.5 yards. But his best work in the running game came in Week 1, when rookie Clyde Edwards-Hellier rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Houston Texans.

Since then, the Chiefs are 19th in the league in rushing (108 yards per game) and have not had a quick touchdown from the running back.

Damian Williams began to withdraw before the start of the season when he was ruled out for COVID-19 reasons. He also has Darrell Williams, Darwin Thompson and DeAndre Washington.

The Jets released Bell on Tuesday, a 19-month stint full of disappointment. Bell, who arrived as a marquee free agent in 2019, never clicked with Adam Adam Gesse, who opposed the signing from the start.

Disappointed at not being involved in his crime, Bell met with Gesse and general manager Joe Douglas on Monday, a source told ESPN’s Rich Cimini. He told Bell that he would locate a trade and allow his agent to talk with other teams.

Bell, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was a disappointment since signing the four-year, $ 52.5 million contract with the Jets last year for just 51 yards out of 53 qualified runners in the NFL during the period – Average per 3.3 yard.

In 17 games with the Jets, Bell rushed for 863 yards and three touchdowns. He was hurt by mediocre play and a system that did not meet his strengths as a versatile player.

The Jets are responsible for the remaining $ 6 million at the 2020 base pay, but there is an offset clause that would defraud it by the amount of salary on a new contract with the Chiefs.

Bell, 28, joined the Jets after being ruled out of the entire 2018 season after receiving the franchise tag for the second straight year from the Pittsburgh Steelers. After garnering nearly 2,000 total yards during the 2017 season, Bell opted to avoid the $ 14.5 million franchise tag in 2018 – about $ 855,000 per game – so that he could improve his long-term viability for a big contract in free agency Could preserve.

After the 2017 season, Bell showed his conviction by turning down a five-year, $ 70 million offer from the Steelers, as he made a $ 17 million short true guarantee, and was able to miss the game because he unsigned. And were thus not obliged to the team.

In five seasons with the Steelers, Bell rushed for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns. He also had 312 receptions for 2,660 yards and seven scores.


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