There is a Kareem Hunt-sized hole in the Kansas City Chiefs offense and there is a possibility that Le’Veon Bell could fill it.
If Kansas City wasn’t considering adding Bell to their lineup, they should be. Rumors started flying when Bell recently released a tweet with the idea after spending time with fellow NFL player Chris Jones.
Le’Veon Bell to the Chiefs? 👀 https://t.co/9fQ9l7iM0F
— NFL Fan Blitz (@NFLFanBlitz) March 6, 2019
Kareem Hunt’s talent is hard to replace, and Bell is absolutely someone who could rise to the challenge.
Before Bell put some distance between himself and the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was arguably the most talented running back in the game. With Patrick Mahomes’ rising talent in the equation, it only makes sense that Kansas City adds a running back with the talent to lighten the load for him. He’ll be less likely to get injured if some of the focus of the plays are off him.
Regardless of whether Bell would be a good fit, there are multiple factors to consider in the con column. Mainly, last year. Bell willingly sat out an entire season with the Steelers over contract disagreements. While the nation held its breath to see what his move would be, Bell seemed to enjoy being the center of attention. He seemed to lack a desire to resolve the contract issues quickly and get him back on the field.
Furthermore, the disagreement resulted in Bell being out of the game for an entire season. In a game where youth is an advantage, missing an entire year is a serious con, especially if it’s one that could have been avoided.
Bell’s diva-esque attitude leads one to believe that he won’t settle for being a star on a team going nowhere fast. He’s going to want to be on a “big name” team. A team that reached the AFC Championship and has, arguably, the hottest quarterback in the NFL would seem to fit the bill.
The elephant is in the room is going to be the money. It can be discussed to death whether or not Bell would be a good fit for any team, let alone the Chiefs. At the end of the day, though, it’s going to boil down to money and who can afford him within their salary cap without taking away from other equally important positions.