Former New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell plans to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs after his release earlier in the week.
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Bell, 28, had narrowed his search to three teams, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. The Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins had been the trio of teams remaining in the process. Interestingly, those are also the next three teams that appear on the Jets schedule.
Now, Bell joins arguably the best team (and best offense) in the league, which should help Patrick Mahomes and company. Actually, the people it will really impact are those fantasy football owners who drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Joe Douglas and the Jets released a statement Tuesday night, announcing Bell’s release after a tumultuous year and a half with the organization. Bell tallied 863 yards and three touchdowns in 17 games (3.3 yards per carry) with the Jets.
His production in 2019 can easily be attributed to a terrible offensive line. What Adam Gase’s scheme had to do with matters is also a great topic of conversation. While some will believe Bell’s lost a step at 28—which is old for a running back in today’s landscape—there’s no question he should thrive with the Chiefs.
The deal will be for one year. Bell is still owed $6 million (base salary) by his previous employer, the Jets. The Jets and Chiefs will square off in Week 8 at Arrowhead Stadium, on Nov. 1, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET—a game Le’Veon Bell should easily be up for.