The Kansas City Chiefs have become the home for veteran players trying to find a way toward a championship in recent seasons. Darrelle Revis and Terrell Suggs joined the team’s defense for short stints, and LeSean McCoy and Le’Veon Bell signed up for the team’s offensive backfield—all in hopes of one more Super Bowl run on the professional resume.
Bell is the latest player to try to make it work with the Chiefs, and unfortunately, nothing quite worked out as planned.
At midseason, shortly after the New York Jets decided to part ways with the former All-Pro, Bell was a hot commodity who also seriously considered the Buffalo Bills (likely money and playing time) and Miami Dolphins (likely money and closer to home). However, in the end, he chose the Chiefs over other teams with dreams of a ring in mind. At first, it felt almost unfair that a team already loaded with playmakers, including a blossoming first-round rookie at the same position, could also add Bell as “yet another guy” to the mix. On the field, however, it never quite played out that way.
There were moments when Bell resembled the former Steelers great who was arguably the most effective running back in the entire NFL. Bell’s patient running style, incredible vision, agility and instincts were part of a package that regularly embarrassed opponents—Chiefs included. Despite time away from the game, and an unimpressive stint with the Jets, Bell…