Three-time Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell didn’t take long to find a new team following his release from New York Jets. Bell agreed to join reigning Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs on a one-year deal.
Bell will have to wait for five days to join his new teammates due to COVID-19 testing and the NFL’s safety and health protocols. The 28-year-old running back will miss Monday Night Football’s game against Buffalo Bills because of this, with his debut expected to occur in Week 7 against Denver Broncos.
Chiefs confirmed the deal on their official social media.
After missing the entire 2018 NFL season due to a contract dispute with Pittsburgh Steelers, Le’Veon Bell inked a massive four-year, $52.5 million deal to join New York Jets. Despite being expected to carry the Jets’ offense, Bell never managed to make an impact with the organization.
Jets’ head coach Adam Gase was never in favor of signing Bell and never put an effort to utilize the skills of the Michigan State product. Bell is also entitled to his share of the blame, as he was unproductive on the field, totaling just 863 rushing yards in 17 games in New York and averaging disastrous 3.3 yards per carry.
Jets tried to move Bell out of town for some time now but failed to take any takers due to his contract. Eventually, they decided to release him as it was apparent that the relationship between the two parties doesn’t work anymore.
Bell considered several options in the past couple of days, with Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills being among the prominent candidates for his signature. However, he jumped on the opportunity to play for the Chiefs, being attracted by their status as a Super Bowl contender.