The Kansas City Chiefs have won the shortly-lived Le’Veon Bell sweepstakes.
Earlier in the day, we heard that Bell’s choices for his post-Jets destination were down to the Bills, Dolphins, and Chiefs. Bell ruled out Buffalo shortly after that and there were reports that Miami was “waving around” money in an effort to lure Bell. The franchise had the cap space to make a substantial offer and Bell has a home in Miami, though the temptation of joining the most recent Super Bowl Champions was too much to pass up on.
Oddsmakers had Kansas City as +650 to sign Bell after the former Pro Bowler was released by the Jets (behind the Bears and Steelers), though the odds quickly shorted early on Thursday after chatter of him narrowing his selection made rounds.
Le’Veon Bell’s Fantasy Stock Surges
Bell’s fantasy stock was at an all-time low while he was on the Jets. In 17 games in New York, Bell had 264 carries and 69 receptions for a total of 1363 yards and four touchdowns. It wasn’t all bad, though consistency was a major issue is the Jets offense.
On to Kansas City. Bell is aligned with Andy Reid‘s offense, known for boosting running backs who excel in the passing game. Bell is in line for significant work, splitting time with Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the backfield, however, CEH’s presence shouldn’t prevent him from seeing the endzone frequently enough to be near the RB2 conversation.
Edwards-Helaire’s struggles at the goal-line surely played a role in the signing. The LSU rookie had seven rushing attempts inside the five-yard line this season; he didn’t score on any other them. It’s easy to envision Bell picking up the goal-line work as soon as Week 7 against in Denver (it’s unlikely Bell is able to make it through COVID-19 protocols in time for Monday’s game against the Bills).