The Chiefs didn’t play on Thursday and they still won. Patrick Mahomes didn’t play on Thursday and yet he led the Chiefs to another win. That’s right. The Chiefs signed running back Le’Veon Bell and Patrick Mahomes is the reason why. That’s what Mahomes does for the team off the field. Yes, Patrick Mahomes is the best thing that has ever happened to the Chiefs. Now, will Le’Veon Bell help them win back-to-back Super Bowls?
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CHIEFS SIGN LE’VEON BELL AND MAHOMES WINS AGAIN
The Chiefs signed RB Le’Veon Bell to a contract for the remainder of the 2020 season Thursday. The N.Y. Jets are responsible for the amount of the contract above and beyond what the Chiefs give Bell. So this contract should come at a minimal cost to the Chiefs.
So what does the signing of Bell mean for the Chiefs? Is Bell still a quality running back? How does he help the passing game? Is he taking Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s spot in the backfield? Is he the short-yardage answer? Is he just here to provide depth? What’s the deal?
Le’Veon Bell is a no-risk and exciting signing for the Chiefs. Someone told me that he is a cancer in the clubhouse. I don’t see that happening in Kansas City. The Chiefs don’t need him. He could make them better but they can win the Super Bowl without him. If Bell is a cancer in the clubhouse he will be released, therefore hurting his value in free agency. Bell has every reason to be a good teammate and work his butt off to help the Chiefs win a Super Bowl and in the process increase his value as he heads into free agency this offseason.
Bell is not here to take Edwards-Helaire’s job. Edwards-Helaire is still a quality running back. If anything, Bell will provide depth to the running back spot. Remember, Damien Williams, who was a big part of the Chiefs’ 2020 Super Bowl win, opted out of the season and the depth behind Edwards-Helaire is good but not great. The depth Bell provides will pay off big if Edwards-Helaire gets injured or has to miss time with the COVID. If Bell stays healthy he reduces the number of hits Edwards-Helaire takes in his rookie season.
Bell can also catch passes out of the backfield. He could be used in the slot with Edwards-Helaire in the backfield causing even more concern for opposing defenses. Maybe doing this causes opponents to rethink the cover-two defenses they have been using against the Chiefs because the Chiefs have more offensive threats catching passes underneath who can break for large chunks of yards.
Maybe Le’Veon Bell becomes Andy Reid’s choice in short yardage situations. Don’t you think he is a better option than trying to “surprise” the opponent with an Anthony Sherman run up the middle? If you put both Edwards-Helaire and Le’Veon Bell in the backfield in short yardage, who does the defense key on?
One thing is for sure, the Chiefs’ signing of Le’Veon Bell is a much better deal for the Chiefs than the signing of Bell was for the New York Jets. He’s cheap and just another piece of the puzzle in Kansas City. He was expensive and everything for the Jets.
It helps Bell because he can increase his value prior to free agency. Any time you win a Super Bowl you are valued higher because you were part of a winning team. Bell can do less with the Chiefs and increase his value more than attempting to fill a larger role in the Miami Dolphins’ offense and going nowhere in the postseason.
It’s really a no-lose situation for the Chiefs. If Bell is good he has increased the already good odds of the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl. If he’s bad or a clubhouse problem, the Chiefs release him and are out very little money.
And how did the Chiefs have the opportunity to sign Le’Veon Bell? It’s because of Patrick Mahomes. Huh? Yes, this is what Mahomes gives the franchise off the field. Guys want to win championships. They want rings. They want their money but they also want rings. Mahomes makes the Chiefs one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl every year. That’s going to give the Chiefs a shot at landing any free agent they want.
Once again, Patrick Mahomes wins one for the Chiefs.
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