Thursday 6:45 p.m. update: Bell has decided to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to NFL Network. He joins a backfield led by Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson, and DeAndre Washington all chip in as well, but this will be all Edwards-Helaire and Bell. It’s worth noting Bell cannot play this weekend for the Chiefs due to Covid-19 testing protocol.
Thursday update: It appears that Bell has eliminated the Buffalo Bills from his list of teams he’d like to sign with. That leaves the Chiefs and Dolphins as the two remaining, per The Athletic’s Nate Taylor and Josh Tolentino. At this point it looks like he’s choosing between a ahot at a Super Bowl this season, or being close to home with a team that appears to be getting better:
While the Chiefs offer him an immediate shot at contending for a Super Bowl, a move to Miami would be an easy transition for Bell, who lives and trains in South Florida during the offseason.
Ex-Steelers and Jets running back Le’Veon Bell plans to sign with one of the Dolphins, Chiefs or Bills, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Bell was released from the Jets on Tuesday night and appears ready to land on a new team as early as today, per Fowler.
Bell’s ability to regain his 2017 form is in question, but there’ little doubt he could help a team as part of a committee. We’ll take a look at these three landing spots for fantasy.
On a side-note, it looks like maybe Bell wouldn’t mind facing his old team sooner than later. Of course, he wouldn’t have time to pass Covid-19 testing and be able to play this week against the Dolphins:
Jets next three games: Dolphins, Bills and Chiefs. Hmm. https://t.co/mbMsOs6wGA— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) October 15, 2020
Each of these possible landing spots for Bell would impact the fantasy situation for the running backs on these teams. Devin Singletary, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Myles Gaskin would all take a hit with Bell in the fold. Much depends on what Bell has left in the tank, as he’s now 28-years old and hasn’t fared well as a runner the last year and change. Of course, the Jets aren’t the spot to flourish as a runner the last couple seasons either.
Bell’s strength at this point is likely as a receiver and taking away receptions from any of these backs would hurt them in fantasy. There’s not much you can do, if you have one or more of these players on your team, but, I would advise on waiting to trade for any at this point. Edwards-Helaire is in a buy low state right now, but if Bell ends up in Kansas City, he’s not the buy low candidate you want.