KC Chiefs: Signing Le’Veon Bell could have been a season-saving move

Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

The KC Chiefs signed Le’Veon Bell and that looks like a brilliant decision now.

Leaving New Orleans with a win was huge for the Kansas City Chiefs, but it wasn’t all sprinkles and rainbows, as rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was injured in the fourth quarter. Edwards-Helaire exited the game with an apparent leg injury and now the reports are that he’ll likely miss the final two games of the regular season.

Edwards-Helaire joined the team as the likely backup to Damien Williams, but then Williams opted out of the 2020 season. That put CEH as the RB1 entering the regular season and he played well, but the team still went out and signed Le’Veon Bell after the Jets released him.

The move at the time was simply to ensure that the rich got richer, so to speak. Bell wasn’t needed in Kansas City, but he was another proven player that this offense could certainly use on their quest to run it back. With Edwards-Helaire’s injury, however, the signing of Bell could end up saving the Chiefs’ season.

Le’Veon Bell now gets to be the starting running back for the KC Chiefs.

No, the Chiefs aren’t a running team, but having Bell as the RB1 is a much better option than rolling with Darrel Williams in that spot. No disrespect to Williams, but Bell is a seasoned vet and we saw him finally gain an understanding of the offense vs New Orleans and look at the end result. He rushed for 62 yards off of 15 carries and also found the end zone.

The best-case scenario for Kansas City is that Edwards-Helaire returns to the offense for the playoffs and is healthy enough to contribute. If he can’t do that, however, then Bell is the perfect option to have in his place. Remember Damien Williams’ performances in the playoffs last year? Bell has a great opportunity to replicate that and be a huge contributor in the postseason.

The Chiefs are going to need a run game in the playoffs. Not having one in the regular season isn’t ideal, but teams can get by. The playoffs, however, are a whole other animal. The Chiefs need to have a running back who can get key first downs to help bleed the clock in the final minutes and Le’Veon Bell can be that guy.

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Had the Chiefs lost CEH and not signed Bell, the run game wouldn’t be in a great spot right now. That’s not the case with Le’Veon Bell.