The Kansas City Chiefs should consider going all out for Le’Veon Bell
After the Kansas City Chiefs were forced to release former Pro-Bowl running back Kareem Hunt, the team will likely be weighing it’s options at the running back position heading into the 2019 season. The best possible option for them at running back would be signing former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell.
Bell opted out of playing this past season, as he did not get the deal he had hoped for with Pittsburgh and refused to play another season under the franchise tag. Bell was very hopeful of reaching a long-term deal and the price tag he gave himself would make him the highest paid running back in the league. The Steelers have an old school approach and don’t often overpay, but Bell is an exceptional talent and possesses an extremely unique skill set.
Not only can Bell catch passes effectively out of the backfield, but he has patience in the trenches like no other running back. His patient run style often sets up his bursts out of the backfield.
Bell has proven to be one of the most effective running backs in the open field.
The Chiefs would be undoubtedly one of the most overpowered offenses in the league if they were to sign Bell.
According to NFL.com, the Chiefs ranked first in points per game (35.3), first in yards per game (425.6), and third in passing yards per game (309.7). However, the Chiefs ranked 16th in the league in rushing as they averaged 115.9 rushing yards per game. The addition of a player like Le’Veon Bell would surely boost their rushing stats and likely their top passing offense as well with his skill set.
The Chiefs have relied fairly heavily on their pass first approach with MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes, but the team has been able to run the ball very effectively with Damien Williams. Williams is a fantastic player similar to Bell in the sense that he can run the ball effectively as well as catch passes out of the backfield.
However, Bell’s patient run style is unmatched and his speed to match is something that is incredibly rare to see in the league. The Chiefs may be calling Bell after the 2019 season if they choose to spend the necessary money on the game-changing running back.