• Chiefs turn to Le'Veon Bell to help reinforce running game
  • Bell contract good for only a year
  • Chiefs taking big risk with Bell's health in question

The Kansas City Chiefs are taking a chance on Le'Veon Bell, signing the controversial running back to a one-year deal. The development comes not long after the New York Jets released the 28-year-old player barely halfway through his four-year deal worth $52.5 million.

However, Bell will have to undergo five days of COVID-19 testing before he can officially suit up for Kansas City, ESPN reported. The three-time Pro Bowler will have to miss the Chiefs game against the Buffalo Bills.

Bell was believed to be choosing between the Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and the Bills per Jeff Fowler of ESPN. A return to the Pittsburgh Steelers was suggested by Fowler said via his tweet that this was unlikely to happen for now.

Though Bell has a not-so-good history, his coming was welcomed with open arms. Among the ones who approved his signing included Patrick Mahomes, tweeting "Welcome my brother! Let's get it!" Aside from that, the Chiefs welcomed him to the team via their official Twitter account as well.

The signing of Bell was spot on considering coach Andy Reid is looking for someone to fill in the void left by Damien Williams. The 28-year-old opted out at the start of the season due to COVID-19-related concerns. Right now, the Chiefs are relying on Darrell Williams, Darwin Thompson and DeAndre Washington at running back. The 4-1 Chiefs are 13th in the league in rushing at 119 yards per game and 10th at 4.5 yards per carry.

It will be interesting how things turn out between Bell and the Chiefs. As mentioned in a previous post, the Jets were looking for trade partners for the 28-year-old running back. No team showed interest and it is believed that the reason behind this is the money involved. This is about the $8 million guarantee due to Bell for the 2021 season.

Bell had complained about his lack of offense with the Jets. Things have not gone well between him and Jets management after sealing a $52.5 million contract last year. Bell may have better options now but this is assuming that he keeps himself healthy and available for the Chiefs moving forward.

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Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks for extra yards behind Juston Burris #32 of the New York Jets during a fourth quarter run at Heinz Field on October 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 31-13. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images