Former Jets’ RB Le’Veon Bell is signing a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, a league source tells ESPN. Bell wanted to win a Super Bowl and believes Kansas City is the place to go to try to do it.
Paulsen's Take: Le'Veon Bell to Kansas City is not a death knell to Clyde Edwards-Helaire's value, though his workload certainly isn't as secure today as it was yesterday. CEH's production thus far has been "fine," though I'm sure the Chiefs are looking for more than 4.2 YPC and one touchdown scored at this point. Darrel Williams wasn't doing much, so they made a move to improve their backfield and that's where the versatile Bell comes in. The 28-year-old should still have some tread left on the tires, though he hasn't averaged more than 4.0 YPC since the 2016 season (when he averaged 4.9 YPC). Of course, the Jets' anemic offense has something to do with that, so Bell should find the running lanes plentiful in Kansas City. I don't think Bell is going to send CEH to the bench unless he vastly outplays the rookie. The Chiefs took Edwards-Helaire in the first round because they viewed him as a long-term solution at the position, and while I thought he was going to play second-fiddle to Damien Williams as long as Williams remained super-productive, I doubt that Bell comes in and wins this job outright, at least not right away. Through five games the Chiefs' RBs have compiled 121 touches, or 24.2 per game. For now, I'd expect 15-17 touches for CEH with Bell getting 7-9 touches as the backup. CEH has averaged 19.6 touches per game so this is a downgrade. He hasn't been particularly good in the red zone, so Bell could get a few opportunities there. For now, I've moved CEH to RB18 (half-PPR) rest-of-season with Bell at RB29.