sunny.png
Saturday November 28th, 2020 1:57PM

Chiefs sign Le'Veon Bell 2 days after release from Jets

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have signed running back Le’Veon Bell two days after he was released by the New York Jets.

The team announced the move Thursday to add another potential dynamic offensive player to an offense that already features Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.

“Kansas City, #ChiefsKingdom, thank you for the opportunity let’s go!” Bell tweeted.

Bell was cut by the Jets after a disappointing tenure in New York that lasted less than two full seasons. Bell and coach Adam Gase appeared to not mesh since the running back signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with $35 million guaranteed last year as a free agent.

Bell spent his first six NFL years in Pittsburgh, and was an All-Pro twice and ranking second in the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 7,996 from 2012-17.

He sat out the entire 2018 season in a contract dispute with the Steelers. He became a free agent and joined the Jets in March 2019 and was expected to be a dynamic presence in Gase’s offense.

Instead, Bell never consistently flashed the skills that made him one of the NFL’s best dual threat running backs before sitting out. He rushed for 789 yards and three touchdowns and also wasn’t as prominently featured in the passing game as expected, catching 66 passes for 461 yards and a score.

Bell averaged 3.22 yards per carry in two seasons with the Jets, the second lowest in the league among qualifying backs during that span. He also had the fifth-lowest yards per touch from scrimmage at 4.0

Bell, who missed three games this season with a hamstring injury, finished with 74 yards on 19 carries and three catches for 39 yards. And there were increasing rumblings that Bell wasn’t happy.

Now he joins the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs in a backfield with first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who has rushed for 344 yards and has 169 yards receiving in five games.

Bell gives coach Andy Reid another option after postseason star Damien Williams opted out of the season over coronavirus concerns.

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, AP Sports - NFL
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Hatton copes with jet lag to lead CJ Cup at Shadow Creek
Tyrrell Hatton had everything going against him except his golf
8:40PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Chiefs sign Le'Veon Bell 2 days after release from Jets
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed running back Le’Veon Bell two days after he was released by the New York Jets
8:38PM ( 21 minutes ago )
The Latest: Biden hedges on whether to mandate virus vaccine
Democrat Joe Biden is hedging on whether he would mandate that all Americans be vaccinated against COVID-19
8:38PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Saban still asymptomatic, but sidelined for Alabama-Georgia
Nick Saban won’t be allowed to coach No. 2 Alabama from home against third-ranked Georgia per SEC and NCAA guidelines
6:03PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP source: General manager Daryl Morey leaving Rockets
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down on his own accord
5:39PM ( 3 hours ago )
NFL will be cautious with players, coaches who have symptoms
The NFL plans to take a cautious approach that may force players and coaches reporting flu symptoms to miss games without testing positive for COVID-19
5:16PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Sports
Cincinnati-Tulsa postponed due to Bearcats' COVID-19 issues
Cincinnati's weekend game at Tulsa has been postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests among Bearcats players
3:15PM ( 5 hours ago )
Fred Dean, 68, fearsome pass rusher of 49ers' dynasty, dies
The fearsome NFL pass rusher Fred Dean has died
2:24PM ( 6 hours ago )
Chiefs down several offensive pieces with Buffalo on deck
The Kansas City Chiefs will be without offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele and wide receiver Sammy Watkins when they visit the Buffalo Bills on Monday night for a game that was pushed back because of COVID-19 protocols
2:10PM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Online Football
Ryan not looking at future implications of Falcons' firings
The firings of the Atlanta Falcons’ coach and general manager this week could lead to a roster overhaul by their replacements following the season
6:20PM ( 1 day ago )
Patriots rally around Belichick amid COVID-19 outbreak
The New England Patriots activated quarterback Cam Newton from the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list on Wednesday
5:54PM ( 1 day ago )
Jets' Gase says it was 'best that we part ways' with Bell
The New York Jets’ decision to move on from Le’Veon Bell was a stunner
5:39PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - NFL
Hatton copes with jet lag to lead CJ Cup at Shadow Creek
Tyrrell Hatton had everything going against him except his golf
8:40PM ( 20 minutes ago )
The Latest: Biden hedges on whether to mandate virus vaccine
Democrat Joe Biden is hedging on whether he would mandate that all Americans be vaccinated against COVID-19
8:38PM ( 22 minutes ago )
The Latest: Biden says he won't eliminate all Trump tax cuts
Democrat Joe Biden says he doesn’t plan to eliminate all the tax cuts enacted by President Donald Trump, just those that apply to the top earners
8:34PM ( 25 minutes ago )
The Latest: Trump claims mask wearers infected all the time
President Donald Trump says, without evidence, that people who wear face masks are getting infected with the coronavirus “all the time.”
8:31PM ( 29 minutes ago )
The Latest: Trump falsely says he knows nothing about QAnon
President Donald Trump is refusing to condemn a conspiracy theory that holds that the government is run by anti-Trump Satanic pedophiles, but he is condemning white supremacy
8:27PM ( 33 minutes ago )