KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City bosses added some potential blow to their current game on Thursday when veteran Le’Veon Bell told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that he intended to sign with the defending Super Bowl champions.
Bell, who was released by the New York Jets earlier this week, will sign a one-year contract, a source told ESPN’s Adam Shefter.
He had narrowed his choices to bosses, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Accounts, a Fowler source said earlier Thursday.
The bosses play the Jets in week 8.
Bell will have to pass a five-day test of COVID-1
The 4-1 bosses are 13th in the league, rushing with 119 yards per game and 10th with 4.5 yards per carry. But most of their best running game came in Week 1, when rookie Clyde Edwards-Heller rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown victory over Houston Texas.
Since then, the Chiefs have been 19th in the league in the rush (108 yards per game) and have not had a quick touchdown from running backwards.
The bosses lost to Damien Williams returning before the start of the season when he resigned for COVID-19. They also have Darrell Williams, Darwin Thompson and DeAndre Washington running.
The Jets released Bell on Tuesday, ending a 19-month term filled with disappointment. Bell, who arrived as a free agent in 2019, has never clicked with coach Adam Gaze, who has opposed the signing from the start.
Disappointed by the lack of involvement in the crime, Bell met Monday with Geyse and general manager Joe Douglas, a source told ESPN’s Rich Cimini. They told Bell they were going to study a craft and gave his agent permission to talk to other teams.
Bell, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was disappointed to sign a four-year, $ 52.5 million contract last year with the Jets, averaging just 3.3 yards per wear – 51st out of 53 qualified NFL players during that period.
In 17 games with the Jets, Bell rushed for 863 yards and three touchdowns. He was injured by mediocre play on lines and a system that did not match his strengths as a flexible player.
The Jets are responsible for the remaining $ 6 million of Bell’s base salary for 2020, but there is a compensation clause that will offset it with the amount of salary under a new contract with Chiefs.
The 28-year-old Bell joined the Jets after coming out throughout the 2018 season after receiving the franchise from the Pittsburgh Steelers for the second year in a row. After winning nearly 2,000 yards in the 2017 season, Bell chose to abandon the $ 14.5 million franchise brand in 2018 – giving up about $ 855,000 per game in order to maintain its long-term viability for a large contract in a free agency.
After the 2017 season, Bell showed his conviction by turning down a five-year offer of $ 70 million from Steelers because of what he called a low real guarantee of $ 17 million, and he managed to miss matches because he was not signed that way. not tied 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.