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Le’Veon Bell seemingly responds to those criticizing lack of production

LeVeon Bell

Le’Veon Bell on Sunday had easily his best opportunity of the season to have a monster game, and he responded with just 39 total yards from scrimmage. The Kansas City Chiefs picked up yet another win, however, and Bell insists that is all he cares about.

Bell got the start with rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire nursing an ankle injury. Many predicted we would see the Bell of old in Kansas City’s high-powered offense, but he rushed for just 30 yards on seven attempts. Judging by his tweet after the game, Bell didn’t seem to mind.

Edwards-Helaire has had an outstanding rookie season, so Bell knew he would be playing a complimentary role when he signed with the Chiefs. Although, we highly doubt he expected to be out-touched by Darrel Williams, who led Kansas City with 10 carries and 46 rushing yards on Sunday.

Bell really hasn’t been the same player since he held out for an entire season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most people blamed someone else for those struggles, but the three-time Pro Bowler is running out of chances to prove himself.

The way Bell plays down the stretch will go a long way toward shaping his offseason market. If he ends up with a Super Bowl ring, perhaps that will be all that matters to him.

Todd Haley blasts Adam Gase for poor handling of Le’Veon Bell

Adam Gase

Adam Gase refused to run his offense through Le’Veon Bell even though the running back was arguably the most talented player on his roster. Nobody knows more about getting the most out of Bell than former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, and Haley says the way Gase utilized Bell left him “cringing.”

Haley, who was the OC in Pittsburgh during Bell’s best seasons with the team, spoke about Bell’s time with the New York Jets during an appearance on “The Albert Breer Show” podcast this week. He was highly critical of Gase.

“When you have players with the special ability that they have, you got to make them feel and trust that you’re giving them an opportunity to be the best they can be,” Haley said, as transcribed by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “So, the frustration for me watching him in New York is … I’m cringing saying, ‘They’re just lining this guy in the (I-formation) and they’re not utilizing’ — and I’m not trying to be overly critical — but you’re not using the ability that this kid has. Because he’s not just a running back.”

Gase said during the summer that he planned to better use Bell’s pass-catching ability in New York’s offense, but that never materialized. Haley said players can see right through that “fraudulent talk” and quickly lose faith in a coach.

“Your best players … they better believe and trust that you’re maximizing their abilities,” Haley added. “In Kansas City, what I’ve seen from those coaches is that they do that. They got a lot of mouths to feed, but they’ve been one of the better teams that utilize the different talents that they have. Andy Reid and the staff will understand and see what they have in Le’Veon and do the things necessary to let him help you.”

Haley also praised Bell for being a “great teammate” who was willing to do anything the Steelers asked of him.

Bell made it clear toward the end of his Jets tenure that he was unhappy with Gase and company, and who can blame him? There were signs that Gase never wanted him from the start, and the coach seemed determined to prove he can win without Bell being a workhorse. He failed miserably at that.

Adam Gase downplays revenge factor for Le’Veon Bell

Adam Gase

Le’Veon Bell will get to face the New York Jets on Sunday less than three weeks after they released him. That could lead to a big revenge game for the star running back, but Adam Gase does not think that will serve as motivation for Bell — or so he says.

ESPN’s Damien Woody predicted this week that Bell is “going to be fired up” to face the Jets and will want to humiliate his former coach.

“Oh, man, he’s going to be looking to embarrass — embarrass — Adam Gase and the Jets,” Woody said, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “I’m sure Le’Veon has friends on the team, but it’s not about the players. It’s about embarrassing Adam Gase. So, yeah, I think he’s going to be highly motivated.”

Gase disagrees. He thinks Bell will only be motivated to help the Kansas City Chiefs win.

“Yeah, I’m pretty sure that he’s going to be worried about just winning a game, period,” Gase said. “That’s what most players are worried about. They’re worried about, ‘Hey, what do I have to do this week to help my team win?’ So, I’m sure that’s what he’s going to be worried about doing.”

That would probably be true if Bell left New York on good terms, but that’s hardly what happened. There were indications from the time Bell signed with the Jets that Gase did not agree with the move. Bell then aired his frustrations with the team on social media on more than one occasion.

The Jets still owe Bell around $4 million this season, so they’re basically paying him to play against them on Sunday. Don’t be surprised if Andy Reid gives Bell some opportunities to show up his former team.

Le’Veon Bell checked with Clyde Edwards-Helaire before signing with Chiefs

LeVeon Bell

Le’Veon Bell certainly appears to be trying to make friends and start his Kansas City Chiefs tenure off on the right note.

Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy revealed Thursday that Bell reached out to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire before joining the Chiefs to ensure that the rookie did not have a problem with Bell signing with Kansas City.

This certainly speaks to Edwards-Helaire’s importance to the Chiefs. He’s still the back of the future and largely the present, even though Bell will take some of his touches.

It also reflects well on Bell. He clashed with coaches at times in New York and his time there wasn’t very pretty. He’s already taking a very different approach with the Chiefs. A solid end to the season and no behind-the-scenes problems could help rehabilitate his image in the eyes of the rest of the league..

Le’Veon Bell shares thoughts on possibly taking lesser role with Chiefs

LeVeon Bell

Le’Veon Bell chose to join arguably the most loaded offense in the NFL when he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs last week. That could mean fewer opportunities for the star running back than he is accustomed to, but Bell has no problem with that.

Bell told reporters on Wednesday that he knows there are plenty of playmakers in Kansas City and “only one football.” He understands that he won’t always be the focal point of the offense like he was when he last played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“When I decided to come here, I already knew the weapons, and there’s only one football to kind of go around,” Bell said, per ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “I think there’s going to be a lot of opportunity to kind of show what I can do in space, running routes. I think this offense is a good fit for my skill set. I think Coach Reid does a good job of getting backs the ball in space. I’m glad I’ve got this opportunity.”

Bell reportedly chose between the Dolphins and Chiefs. He would have had far less competition for touches in Miami, but it seems like he prioritized winning over that. Bell also knows playing in Andy Reid’s offense — even if it is on a somewhat limited basis — will provide him with plenty of opportunities.

“I wanted to get here, get my feet back under me, get in a good offense, get the ball when I can [and] not have too much pressure on me, just play football,” Bell said. “I think coming here will give me the opportunity to do that. There are a lot of [good] players. I don’t necessarily have to worry about how many times I’m touching it.”

Keep in mind Bell came from the New York Jets, who are currently one of the worst offensive teams in the history of the NFL. The situation in Kansas City is obviously lightyears better, even if Bell will be sharing snaps with rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Patrick Mahomes already showed us how excited he is to have Bell on board. The reigning Super Bowl MVP will do everything he can to make signing with the Chiefs worthwhile for his new teammate.

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Details of Le’Veon Bell’s Chiefs contract revealed

LeVeon Bell

We have some new details on what the Kansas City Chiefs have paid to bring running back Le’Veon Bell into the fold.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Bell will receive a pro-rated $1 million base salary. He can make another $1 million based on certain incentives tied to playing time and reaching the playoffs.

The good news for the New York Jets is that this should offset some of the $6 million they still have guaranteed to the running back. The Jets are already out a lot of money thanks to Bell’s release, so any news like this is welcome from their standpoint.

Bell is clearly relieved to have moved on to the Chiefs. Thanks to the presence of Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Bell is unlikely to be the undisputed lead back. The Chiefs are creative, though, and they’ll definitely get him his fair share of touches.

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Le’Veon Bell grateful for chance to play with Chiefs

LeVeon Bell

Le’Veon Bell is part of a new team, and he is grateful for the opportunity.

Bell has agreed to a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. After news of the agreement went public on Thursday, Bell shared his reaction via social media. He expressed gratitude.

Bell signed with the New York Jets last year and was not too productive statistically. He had 264 attempts for 863 rushing yards and three touchdowns with the Jets. He also had 69 catches for 500 receiving yards and a touchdown. Jets head coach Adam Gase never seemed to back the signing, and things got worse this year with Bell only playing in only two games this year. He expressed frustration over his role with the team just before being released.

The Chiefs have been using rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire in a full-time role but will now have Bell. The former Jet will not be eligible to play this week, but he should be available for Week 7. He has the potential to do some real damage in the Chiefs’ offense, which can make great use of his pass-catching ability.

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Patrick Mahomes, Chris Jones welcome Le’Veon Bell to Chiefs via Twitter

Chris Jones

Le’Veon Bell is joining the Kansas City Chiefs and already received a welcome from a few of his new teammates.

Chris Jones tweeted his response after news emerged that Bell had signed with the Chiefs.

So did star quarterback Patrick Mahomes:

Jones has 16 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season for the 4-1 Chiefs. Mahomes has 13 touchdown passes and is working on another possible MVP season for KC.

Kansas City has leaned on rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire almost exclusively this season. Edwards-Helaire has 81 carries and 17 catches in five games. Darrel Williams has 11 carries and six catches for Kansas City.

Bell will give the Chiefs another versatile option in their offense. He is accomplished as a pass-catcher, which makes him an excellent fit in Andy Reid’s offense. Reid loves to utilize screens to his running backs.

Bell was released by the New York Jets this week, ending a relationship that never seemed to be quite right. Bell seemed happy about the outcome.

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Report: Le’Veon Bell will sign with one of these three teams

LeVeon Bell

Le’Veon Bell is not expected to remain a free agent for very long after he was released by the New York Jets on Tuesday, and the star running back has reportedly narrowed his decision down to three teams.

Bell is expected to sign with either the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs or Buffalo Bills, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports. He could make a decision as early as Thursday.

Bell is reportedly taking the opportunity to win into consideration, which makes the Chiefs and Bills seem more likely than the Dolphins. However, he trains in Miami and has connections to the area.

It may be a total coincidence, but the Jets’ next three opponents are the Dolphins, Bills and Chiefs.

Bell’s social media activity indicated he was relieved to be cut by the Jets. He never really seemed to get along with Adam Gase, and the Jets coach basically avoided questions about why he decided to part ways with Bell.

Both the Chiefs and Bills are two of the strongest teams in the AFC, and Bell would be a great addition for either. It’s not often a contending team has an opportunity to sign a game-changing player in the middle of a season.

Report: Le’Veon Bell could wind up with Chiefs

LeVeon Bell

The Kansas City Chiefs already have one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL, but they may capitalize on a rare opportunity to add a dynamic playmaker in the middle of the season.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that people around the NFL believe the Chiefs are a potential landing spot for Bell, who was released by the New York Jets on Tuesday. The star running back is said to be taking both his potential role in the offense and the opportunity to win into consideration. That’s why many feel the Chiefs make sense.

Chiefs rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been impressive through the early part of the season, but Andy Reid could certainly find a role for Bell. Reid has used multiple runnings backs in the past and would likely welcome the opportunity to do it again if he added a talent like Bell to the roster.

Bell’s social media activity indicated he was happy to part ways with the Jets. Going from arguably the worst team in the NFL to the defending Super Bowl champions would almost certainly be something he’d consider.

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