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REPORT: Le’Veon Bell gaining interest from Chiefs following release

Le'Veon Bell, Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to add depth to the backfield, which is why the defending Super Bowl champions are rumored to be interested in Le’Veon Bell.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that multiple sources around the league were eyeing the Chiefs as a possible landing spot for Bell due to his potential fit with Andy Reid’s offense. Fowler mentioned the Miami Dolphins as another possible destination for the former Pittsburgh Steelers tailback.

The three-time Pro Bowler was released by the New York Jets on Tuesday after fewer than two years with the team. His tenure in New York was not only brief, it was deeply underwhelming. Bell averaged just 3.3 yards per carry and rushed for 863 yards in 17 games for Gang Green after signing a $52 million contract in the spring of 2019.

The Jets reportedly shopped him around the league on Tuesday before releasing Bell.

Any team that signs Bell can do so at the league minimum, while the Jets are on the hook to pay Bell’s $2.5 million bonus and his prorated $6 million salary for this season, making money no object for the Chiefs or whoever signs the vet.

Evaluating Bell is particularly challenging at this juncture. He sat out the entire 2018 season over a contract holdout with Pittsburgh, then played in an abysmal situation in New York. Plus, he suffered a hamstring injury early in this season, which has limited him to 74 rushing yards.

Still, he’s clearly looked a step slower since his Steelers days, and his unique tactic of patiently waiting for a hole to emerge seems particularly dependent on the offensive line in front of him.

Bell was seen “liking” a tweet by an unaffiliated Chiefs blog linking the team to the once-star running back.

For Kansas City, Bell could help rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire and provide a more reliable receiving option to the mix for Reid and Patrick Mahomes to creatively utilize.