KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs added some potential punch to their working recreation Thursday as veteran again Le’Veon Bell instructed ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler he intends to signal with the defending Tremendous Bowl champions.
Bell, who was launched by the New York Jets earlier this week, will signal a one-year contract, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Chiefs play the Jets in Week 8.
Bell should undergo 5 days of COVID-19 testing earlier than he can be part of the Chiefs, per league protocols, so he will not be obtainable to play on Monday, when the Chiefs go to the Payments.
The 4-1 Chiefs are thirteenth within the league in dashing at 119 yards per recreation and tenth at 4.5 yards per carry. However most of their finest work within the working recreation 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 nineteenth within the league in dashing (108 yards per recreation) and haven’t got a dashing landing from a working again.
The Chiefs misplaced beginning working again Damien Williams earlier than the beginning of the season when he opted out for Covid-19 causes. Additionally they have Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson and DeAndre Washington at working 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.
Pissed off by his lack of involvement within the offense, Bell met with Gase and common supervisor Joe Douglas on Monday, a supply instructed ESPN’s Wealthy Cimini. They instructed Bell they might discover a commerce and gave his agent permission to talk with different groups.
Bell, a three-time Professional Bowl choice, was a disappointment since signing a four-year, $52.5 million contract final yr with the Jets, averaging solely 3.3 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 answerable for the remaining $6 million on Bell’s 2020 base pay, however there may be an offset clause that can defray it by the quantity of the wage on a brand new contract with the Chiefs.
Bell, 28, joined the Jets after sitting out your complete 2018 season after receiving the franchise tag from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a second straight yr. After gaining almost 2,000 complete 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 recreation — so he might protect his long-term viability for an enormous 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 capable of 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.