Former Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell has a new home. According to multiple reports throughout the league, the former two-time All-Pro is the newest member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite not having a viable trade market, multiple reports stated that there were a variety of teams interested in securing Bell’s services for the remainder of the season.
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Kansas City Chiefs, Le’Veon Bell Agree to Deal
It’s rare to find a two-time All-Pro on the street midway through October. However, that’s exactly what happened to Bell after a fallout with the New York Jets and head coach Adam Gase. After suffering a hamstring injury in Week 1, Bell returned to the field for New York in Week 5. The big-money running back recorded 13 carries for 60 yards to go along with one reception for seven yards. Bell was reportedly unhappy with the workload and Gase’s coaching style, and the two sides had a mutual parting of the ways prior to Week 6.
Bell initially joined the NFL as a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell started and appeared in 13 games as a rookie. The running back made an immediate impact, rushing for 860 yards while adding another 399 yards through the air. However, he truly established himself as one of the NFL’s elite talents in 2014. During his second season, Bell recorded a combined 2,215 yards and 11 touchdowns while earning First-Team All-Pro honors. He remained elite for the next two seasons, accumulating 4,476 rushing yards, 2,261 receiving yards, and 34 combined touchdowns from 2014 to 2017.
Bell’s tenure with the Steelers came to an abrupt halt following a very public contract negotiation. Rather than play under the franchise tag, Bell opted to sit out of the 2018 season. The resulting chaos led to his untimely departure from the franchise, as Bell signed a massive four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets. During his 18 games in New York, Bell recorded 863 rushing yards, 500 receiving yards, and four combined touchdowns.