KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs added a possible punch for their running game Thursday as a veteran back Le’Veon Bell has signed a deal to combine with the defending Super Bowl winners.
Bell, who had been published by the New York Jets before this week, consented to some one-piece bargain, ” a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Bell took to Twitter to express his excitement in the news.
Star Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes lent his approval of this movement, tweeting: “Welcome my brother! Let us get it!”
The Chiefs, who took to Twitter to welcome Bell into Kansas City, play with the Jets in Week 8.
Bell might need to undergo five days of COVID-19 testing until he will join the Chiefs, per NFL protocols, therefore that he will not be available to perform on Monday if the Chiefs are scheduled to go to the Buffalo Bills.
But the majority of the very best work from the running game arrived in Week 1 when rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown in a victory on the Houston Texans.
Ever since that time, the Chiefs are 19th in the league in rushing (108 yards per game) and do not possess a rushing touchdown out of a running back.
The Chiefs lost starting running back Damien Williams before the beginning of the year when he picked out for COVID-19 motives.
The Jets released Bell on Tuesday, finishing a 19-month tenure that has been full of disappointment. Bell, who came as a marquee free agent in 2019, never clicked with trainer Adam Gase, who compared the registering from the beginning.
Inspired by his lack of participation in the crime, Bell met with Gase and general director Joe Douglas on Monday, a source told ESPN’s, Rich Cimini. They informed Bell they’d research commerce and gave his representative permission to talk with other groups.
Bell, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was a pity because registering a four-year, $52.5 million contract annually with the Jets, averaging just 3.3 yards per carrying — 51st from 53 qualifying runners in the NFL during that interval.
He had been hurt by poor line play along with a system that didn’t appeal to his strengths as a flexible player.
The Jets are accountable for the remaining $6 million on Bell’s 2020 base cover, but there’s an offset clause that will defray it from the total amount of the salary on a new contract with the Chiefs.
Bell, 28, joined the Jets after sitting out the whole 2018 year after getting the franchise tag in the Pittsburgh Steelers for a second consecutive year. After gaining almost 2,000 total yards throughout the 2017 year, Bell chose to eschew the $14.5 million franchise label in 2018 — forgoing about $855,000 per match — he can preserve his long-term viability to get a signed contract at free service.
Following the 2017 year, Bell revealed his certainty by turning a five-year, $70 million deal in the Steelers due to what he predicted a low accurate guarantee of $17 million, and he managed to miss games since he was and so not bound into the group.
He had 312 receptions for 2,660 yards and seven scores.