Bills, Chiefs, Dolphins In On Le’Veon Bell 

Le’Veon Bell is down to three teams, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The former Jets running back is deciding between the Bills, Chiefs, and Dolphins, and a deal could come together by the end of business on Thursday. Meanwhile, despite some speculation regarding the 49ers, head coach Kyle Shanahan says he’s not interested (via Cam Inman of the Mercury News). 

The Chiefs – who made a similar move by signing veteran LeSean McCoy last year – were quickly connected to the former All-Pro back. He’d make sense for the Chiefs, who are without Damien Williams due to his opt-out. Currently, KC features Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams, and Darwin Thompson on the RB depth chart. Bell reportedly wants to play for a winner after escaping New York, so the Chiefs would be a logical fit for him.

The Dolphins would provide Bell with an instant opportunity for revenge against Adam Gase, as they face the Jets on Sunday. The Bills and Chiefs play the Jets on Week 7 and Week 8, respectively, so he’d get to face his former club with any of these three teams. Bell would support Myles Gaskin as the lead rusher in Miami and support Devin Singletary in Buffalo.

Bell underperformed in 2019 and reportedly clashed with team brass. He averaged just 3.2 yards per carry and his 66 catches for 461 yards out of the backfield weren’t nearly enough to offset that lack of efficiency. This year, he suited up in just two games before his divorce with the Jets. Before all of that, and his infamous Steelers holdout, Bell notched 1,291 yards off of a league-high 321 carries in 2017. He also reeled in a career-high 85 catches for 655 yards and scored eleven all-purpose touchdowns.

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7 comments on “Bills, Chiefs, Dolphins In On Le’Veon Bell 

  1. wagner13

    The Chiefs could use some depth behind Edwards-Helaire, but I doubt Bell would receive the consistent carries he might be looking for.

    He would complement Singletary well, but also limit Moss’s touches upon return. Although, Buffalo could use Bell’s blocking and receiving abilities as an upgrade over Yeldon on their down.

    He would probably see the most playing time in Miami, but I am unsure if the Dolphins really need Bell based on their competitive timeline; they certainly aren’t going anywhere this year. Still, Gaskin could stand to split touches, while Breida and Howard have been respectively hurt and sluggish.

    I thought the Bears made sense after Cohen’s malady, but I guess they’re not interested

  2. jeb39999

    I think Bell could take over the lead role in Buffalo unless you believe he is truly in decline. Like he says he has “a lot to prove” but given a better team, a better line, and a successful passing game I think seeing open lanes again will show he has a lot of life left in him yet.

    • Singletary is already better than the current version of Bell. Bell would not ‘take over the lead role’ and Buffalo wouldn’t ask him to.

      What he could do is give Singletary a breather and keep him fresh for late in the season. He could get more carries than a true backup, especially in games against lesser opponents. But I would not expect him to supplant Singletary.

      • Technically correct

        I don’t think any team at this point asks him to take over the primary role. However, based on the 3 teams that are “in,” I would guess Bell is hoping for something like what Cleveland was doing with Chubb and Hunt, plus a chance to take on a bigger role if CEH, Gaskin, or Singletary falter. Those guys are all good enough, but not exactly proven.

    • crosseyedlemon

      If they wanted a RB that flopped as a Jet they could sign Matt Forte.

  3. elscorcho the marlin
    elscorcho the marlin

    I’m a dolphins fan, but I don’t know why he would come to Miami. Perhaps, more playing time than the other teams?

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