Three-time Pro Bowl running back Le'Veon Bell is excited about signing with the Kansas City Chiefs as he is hoping to reinvent himself with the reigning Super Bowl champions. Bell, who sat out the entire 2018 season after not getting the extension he wanted from the Pittsburgh Steelers, received a hefty contract from the New York Jets in the summer of 2019.
But Bell posted a career-low numbers in his first season with the Jets and the team released him after a slow start to this season. "I played at a high level for so long," Bell said, referring to his five seasons with the Steelers, per ESPN.
"I had two years [with the New York Jets] where it has not been a high level, and people kind of look at it like that. So 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.
"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."
Bell excited to be a part of a contender
The Jets are the only winless team through six weeks of the NFL season while the Chiefs own a 5-1 record.
"It was just undeniable to try to come here to help this team any way I can help them out," Bell said. "When I decided to come here, I already knew the weapons, and there's only one football to kind of go around.
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." Reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is excited to have Bell in the backfield as he hopes the three-time Pro Bowl running back will help then win back-to-back Super Bowls.
"He's a mismatch coming out of the backfield," Mahomes said. "The way he's able to run routes, the way he's able to split out and basically be a receiver out there is pretty special. He's going to get a lot of matchups I don't think he's had recently with a lot of linebackers on him, and I'm sure he's pretty excited about that."