KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs added some potential punch to their operating sport Thursday as veteran again Le’Veon Bell has signed a deal to affix the defending Super Bowl champions.
Bell, who was launched by the New York Jets earlier this week, is signing with the Chiefs on a one-year deal, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Bell took to Twitter to specific his pleasure on the information.
— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) October 15, 2020
The Chiefs, who additionally took to Twitter to welcome Bell to Kansas City, play the Jets in Week 8.
Bell should undergo 5 days of COVID-19 testing earlier than he can be a part of the Chiefs, per league protocols, so he will not be accessible to play on Monday, when the Chiefs go to the Bills.
Bell had narrowed his decisions to the Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported earlier Thursday.
The 4-1 Chiefs are 13th within the league in speeding at 119 yards per sport and 10th at 4.5 yards per carry. But most of their greatest work within the operating sport got here in Week 1, when rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards and a landing in a win over the Houston Texans.
Since then, the Chiefs are 19th within the league in speeding (108 yards per sport) and do not have a speeding landing from a operating again.
The Chiefs misplaced beginning operating again Damien Williams earlier than the beginning of the season when he opted out for COVID-19 causes. They even have Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson and DeAndre Washington at operating again.
The Jets launched Bell on Tuesday, ending a 19-month tenure that was crammed with disappointment. Bell, who arrived as a marquee free agent in 2019, by no means clicked with coach Adam Gase, who opposed the signing from the outset.
Frustrated by his lack of involvement within the offense, Bell met with Gase and basic supervisor Joe Douglas on Monday, a supply instructed ESPN’s Rich Cimini. They instructed Bell they might discover a commerce and gave his agent permission to talk with different groups.
Bell, a three-time Pro Bowl choice, was a disappointment since signing a four-year, $52.5 million contract final yr with the Jets, averaging solely 3.Three yards per carry — 51st out of 53 qualifying runners within the NFL throughout that span.
In 17 video games with the Jets, Bell rushed for 863 yards and three touchdowns. He was harm by mediocre line play and a system that did not cater to his strengths as a flexible participant.
The Jets are chargeable for the remaining $6 million on Bell’s 2020 base pay, however there’s an offset clause that may defray it by the quantity of the wage on a brand new contract with the Chiefs.
Bell, 28, joined the Jets after sitting out the whole 2018 season after receiving the franchise tag from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a second straight yr. After gaining practically 2,000 whole yards in the course of the 2017 season, Bell opted to eschew the $14.5 million franchise tag in 2018 — forgoing about $855,000 per sport — so he might protect his long-term viability for a massive contract in free company.
After the 2017 season, Bell confirmed his conviction by turning down a five-year, $70 million supply from the Steelers due to what he known as a low true assure of $17 million, and he was in a position to miss video games as a result of he was unsigned and thus not sure to the staff.
In 5 seasons with the Steelers, Bell rushed for five,336 yards and 35 touchdowns. He additionally had 312 receptions for two,660 yards and 7 scores.