Former NY Jets’ running back Le’Veon Bell has officially signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The NY Jets won’t have to wait very long to see former running back Le’Veon Bell again after releasing him. The former All-Pro running back has officially signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
That means that Bell will have a little over two weeks to prepare for what will undoubtedly be a highly-anticipated game against his former team.
The Jets have matchups against two division foes in the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills before they travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the powerhouse Chiefs. And now, they have a mini-reunion of sorts to look forward to.
Although, this reunion likely won’t be one filled with reconciliation and reminiscing. Instead, this game will be about a very different word beginning with that same letter.
Bell played just 17 games with the Jets after signing a massive four-year, $52.5 million contract in the 2019 offseason. The hope was that Bell would provide the Jets with their best offensive playmaker in years and revitalize a struggling offense.
Unfortunately, that never came to be.
Le’Veon Bell’s tenure with the NY Jets was ultimately disappointing.
Bell was paired with one of the worst offensive lines in football and saw his usage — particularly in the passing game — shrink as compared to his days in Pittsburgh.
It became increasingly apparent that his relationship with Adam Gase was never a strong one. The two had multiple disagreements during Bell’s time with the team, primarily stemming from Gase’s misusage of the talented back.
The final straw was a series of liked tweets this past week following the Jets’ 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Bell appeared to voice his displeasure with both the Jets and Gase which prompted the team to make a move.
After failing to find a trade partner, the Jets opted to simply cut ties and move on — something they already planned to do at the end of the season. In fact, they likely would have explored trade options regardless.
The Chiefs are a perfect fit for Bell from both an on-field and off-field standpoint. Kansas City not only provides Bell with a chance to compete for a Super Bowl, but it also gives him a much better opportunity to succeed on the gridiron.
Expect Andy Reid to instantly do a significantly better job of getting Bell involved as a receiver than Gase did. That much is essentially a given.
It will be interesting to see how Bell performs in Kansas City. But it’s pretty clear that’s he’s certainly set up for success for the first time in three years.
November 1st is the date — mark your calendars. There will be no reconciliation or reminiscing on the mind of Le’Veon Bell on that day.