Chiefs sign free agent back Le’Veon Bell for rest of 2020 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Kansas City Chiefs has agreed to a contract with free agent running back Le’Veon Bell. His contract is a one-year deal for the rest of the 2020 season.

Bell received a veteran’s minimum deal from the Chiefs. Despite being released, the New York Jets are still responsible for $7 million to Bell for the completion of the season.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell receives a handoff against the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2017 AFC Divisional Playoff game
Le’Veon Bell receives a handoff against the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2017 AFC Divisional Playoff game

Now, with this signing, he has a chance to potentially compete for the Super Bowl. He signed with the reigning Super Bowl Champions, who defeated the San Francisco 49ers in February in the final game of the 2019 season.

He picked the Chiefs over the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills. The final two teams were the Dolphins and the Chiefs.

Bell could have made more money with the Dolphins. However, the pursuit of a Super Bowl championship led him to sign with the Chiefs.

As a member of the Chiefs, he is going to have to compete with playing time from rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who was on his way to becoming a star in the league before the Bell signing came about.

The 28-year-old Reynoldsburg, Ohio native had just 19 carries for 74 yards on the season. He also had three receptions for 39 yards.

It was a disaster for Bell when he put on a Jets jersey. He did not have more than 87 rushing yards in a game, which came in Week 13 against the Baltimore Ravens in a 42-21 loss on December 12, 2019.

Besides Bell’s 87 rushing yard performance, he only had three games, where he surpassed more than 70 rushing yards on the season in 2019. He had 70 rushing yards in a 33-0 loss to the New England Patriots on October 21, 2019.

Them, he had 72 rushing yards against his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, on December 22nd, 2019.

His worst performance in a Jets uniform was 23 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 27, 2019.

His numbers have been down across the board since signing with the Jets. He averaged 15.5 carries per game.

He also had 3.3 yards per carry and 50.8 rushing yards per game.

Also with the Jets, he was averaging 4.1 receptions per game. He had 29.4 receiving yards per game.

Before signing with the Jets, he averaged 19.8 carries per game with the Steelers. Bell was averaging 4.3 rushing yards per carry and 86.1 rushing yards per game.

In addition, with the Steelers, he had 5.0 receptions per game. He also had 42.9 receiving yards per game.

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