Le’Veon Bell reached out to Clyde Edwards-Helaire before signing, per Chiefs offensive coordinator
Prior to signing with the Kansas City Chiefs, Le’Veon Bell reportedly reached out to Clyde Edwards-Helaire to get his approval, according to Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
“Le’Veon reached out to Clyde and had a conversation with him,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said, via Charles Goldman of USA Today. “And [Bell] told him basically, ‘I don’t want to step on your toes. I want to know if you’re OK with me coming in here.’ He’s a classy individual. It says a lot about the person, who does not want to come up and disrupt the chemistry that we have.”
There have been numerous reports of Bell being cited as a locker room cancer over the past few years; however, with this act of kindness by Bell, it just shows how much he matured as a player. Bell understands that with his presence on the team, he may take away a lot of snaps from Edwards-Helaire, but that isn’t his intention. Bell doesn’t want to take Edwards-Helaire’s job, he just wants to help the Chiefs win in any way he can.
Bell, who signed with the Chiefs last Thursday, will play his first game with the team on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Considering that the Chiefs will be limited in cap space this offseason, Bell’s tenure with the team will most likely be for only one season—meaning that Edwards-Helaire will be the Chiefs running back for the long run.
Nevertheless, Bell’s performance this season will highly dictate what type of contract he gets next season.