Christmas came early for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs this year.
At 4-1 and with Mahomes enjoying another excellent start, the Chiefs look like Super Bowl contenders once again.
That doesn’t mean the rich can’t get richer, though. The Kansas City Chiefs just gave Mahomes a $1 million weapon who could be crucial to the team’s hopes of winning a second consecutive Super Bowl.
Le’Veon Bell is joining Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City
Patrick Mahomes’ newest weapon is a player who has much to prove.
One thing quickly became apparent when Le’Veon Bell first suited up with the Jets: This was not the Bell who dominated defenses in Pittsburgh.
Bell lasted 17 games in New York and looked nothing like his old self. Now, Bell can reinvent his career alongside the NFL’s top quarterback.
Bell chose Kansas City over Buffalo and Miami.
A two-time first-team All-Pro choice, Bell will partner with rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the backfield.
The 32nd overall pick in April, Edwards-Helaire totaled 344 yards and a touchdown on 4.2 yards per carry in his first five games.
Kansas City got Bell for practically nothing
If the Chiefs luck out and Bell plays even close to how he did in 2017, Kansas City should already be working on the Brett Veach statue outside Arrowhead Stadium.
According to ESPN, Bell’s base salary in Kansas City is an even $1 million. The contract contains incentives based on playing time and the postseason.
Bell could earn up to $1.69 million in total money.
It is not known if the postseason incentives relate to Bell’s playoff snap counts or if it ties into how far the team goes in the playoffs.
Kansas City won the Super Bowl last year. The Chiefs reached the AFC championship game in January 2019, culminating Patrick Mahomes’ first season as the starting quarterback.
A $1 million base contract is roughly what Bell’s former Jets teammate, Frank Gore, makes this season.
Gore signed a contract worth $1,050,000 with the Jets this offseason.
Patrick Mahomes and Le’Veon Bell could be a fun duo
Kansas City’s risky decision to sign Le’Veon Bell proves once again why Patrick Mahomes made the right move in re-signing with the Chiefs.
Bell’s reputation isn’t the best. The veteran running back has had off-field issues and, much to Adam Gase’s dismay, used Twitter to air his frustrations.
That behavior won’t fly under Andy Reid. If Bell doesn’t play well or behave in Kansas City, this may be his last chance.
That reality presents Bell with an opportunity. Kansas City doesn’t need him to be the bell-cow back he’s been in the past.
Chiefs fans will have to wait before seeing Bell play, however. The league’s COVID-19 rules dictate Bell must have five straight days of negative tests.
Bell can tentatively make his debut in Week 7 against the Broncos. Immediately following that game is a revenge outing against the Jets.