Chiefs will pay Le’Veon Bell $690,000 in salary, up to $1 million in incentives

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If a team had traded for running back Le'Veon Bell, it would have had to pay him $6 million in salary for the rest of this season. After the Jets cut Bell, the Chiefs signed him for a lot less than that.

Bell will make $690,000 in salary for the remaining 12 weeks of this season, and can earn up to $1 million in playing time and playoff incentives, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

The Jets are still on the hook for the remaining $6 million in salary Bell is owed because that money was guaranteed as termination pay under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

That Bell ended up taking so much less than he was owed by the Jets shows that he just can’t command that kind of money anymore, and the Jets’ attempt to trade him wasn’t going to work. Bell was once a first-team All-Pro running back, but he didn’t play at all in 2018 and hasn’t played well in 2019 or 2020.

Now Bell will get an opportunity to show he still has something left in the remainder of this season with the Chiefs, and then he’ll hit free agency in 2021 — when he won’t get anything close to the money the Jets paid him.

53 responses to “Chiefs will pay Le’Veon Bell $690,000 in salary, up to $1 million in incentives

  1. This is a really good deal for the chiefs. Andy will use like he did westbrook and its gonna work. Bell is better than Westbrook ever was.

    As long as they stay healthy i dont see anyone being able to hang with the chiefs come playoff time. Maybe the Titans but i dont trust their qb to be able to save them in a big game when the running game gets shut down.

  2. I guess we’ll see how the season plays out. Who knows, he might have a renaissance with the Chiefs.

  3. I suppose if anyone can get some use out of a chronic locker room problem with talent Andy Reid and Mahomes probably can with this low of pay but Bell’s stunt with Steelers suggests he cannot recognize a good deal when he sees it.

  4. Le’Veon should send an expensive gift to former Steelers line coach Mike Munchak.

  5. He doesn’t need much money from the chiefs, he still has a bucket load of guaranteed money from the Jets that will see him ok.

  6. I don’t totally disagree with you that he’s not worth his contract, but you are totally wrong that the $690k shows what he’s worth. Why would the Chief’s pay him anything more then the league minimum, when whatever they pay him just get’s subtracted from the jet’s payments? But does the incentive money also get subtracted from the money due by the jets, or will that be extra over the $6m?

  7. “That Bell ended up taking so much less than he was owed by the Jets shows that he just can’t command that kind of money anymore”

    Or it shows that Bell has one thing in mind, he wants that ring, and this was the deal that the Chiefs were gonna offer him, so he took it?

    I’m certain that Bell left a decent amount on the table cause he wants to get a ring now.

  8. So the Jet organization are paying himn 6 million dollars to join a Superbowl contending team How much more dysfunctional this orginazation will get.

  9. As the chiefs fans slobber all over themselves, little do they know it’s another nail in the coffin.

  10. For a guy with 7 years of experience, the league minimum is just over 1 million. So based on remaining games he is in essence receiving the league minimum, from KC.

    Low risk/high reward signing. CEH biggest weakness is short yardage, Bell definitively has a knack for gaining yards in any situation.

    He’s on a “prove it” deal so only time will tell.

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    F Football God says:
    October 17, 2020 at 8:46 am
    So the Jet organization are paying himn 6 million dollars to join … How much more dysfunctional this orginazation will get..
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    My guess is Jet fans been asking that for years

  12. There is no question Le’Veon lost a lot of money by doing what he did. He and his agent have no one to blame but themselves.
    The Chiefs have themselves a win-win situation by signing Bell. If he plays well — which I think he will do in that system — they only have to pay him a million dollars. If he doesn’t, they can cut their losses and pay him less than that.

  13. Players who leave Pittsburgh whether voluntarily or involuntarily have a terrible track record of success afterwards. Pittsburgh is very underrated in their evaluation skills of when and whether to let loose of players when it’s their option. Obviously some good players leave but most don’t ever have the same level of success as when they were in the Burgh.

  14. It won’t matter as he’s cooked but has anyone checked their books?

    They were over the cap around the draft and then signed Mahomes and Jones to enormous deals as if there is no cap.

    I will never forget in 1995, how, even as somone in college pre-internet (at least full access), I knew something was wrong with what Denver started to do by cheating that cap, openly signing whoever they wanted freely an easily.

    Can the media give us an update on this please? Better yet, do the Chiefs have someone who publicly posts and updates their cap position?

    If the Cheifs keep cheating with Goodell in tow, it will be a bad look.

  15. phillipalpha says:
    October 17, 2020 at 8:26 am

    I’m certain that Bell left a decent amount on the table cause he wants to get a ring now.

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    Trust me, as someone from Pittsburgh, the last thing Bell thinks about is getting a ring.

  16. “That Bell ended up taking so much less than he was owed by the Jets shows that he just can’t command that kind of money anymore,”

    Look at it another way. Bell is going to get paid $6 million no matter what. That allowed him to sign a smaller, team-friendly contract, knowing that (A) he’s going to get all his money anyway, and (B) the Jets have to pay most of it.

  17. Bell is a self absorbed person who just not worth the headache. He could have been a needed LEADER with the NY Jets but decided to cry his way off a 2nd team. What makes folks thing he’s all of a sudden gonna change?

  18. at that price, how could you say no.
    .
    hes not going to run 100+ yards a game, but he will be an improvement in the backfield. just another weapon for defenses to watch.

  19. beestmode says:
    October 17, 2020 at 10:12 am
    Players who leave Pittsburgh whether voluntarily or involuntarily have a terrible track record of success afterwards.

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    Mike Vrabel says hello. So does Emanuel Sanders.

  20. The Chiefs can send me some money if they’re that set on giving it away, because that’s a lot of money to give a guy who’s obviously checked out

  21. The only people who think this a good move are Deluded Chiefs fans. He’s done, the tape proves it.

  22. nhpats2011 says:
    October 17, 2020 at 11:16 am
    beestmode says:
    October 17, 2020 at 10:12 am
    Players who leave Pittsburgh whether voluntarily or involuntarily have a terrible track record of success afterwards.

    ———

    Mike Vrabel says hello. So does Emanuel Sanders.

    ——————-

    Antonio brown, Franco Harris, randle el, Neil O’Donnell, Greg Lloyd all day hello back. We can do this all day. You can name 2 I’ll name 5 to 10 back.

  23. So many people are mad at Le’Veon because he doesn’t play for their team. He’s going to thrive in KC, what he did contractually helped a lot of other running backs out in the long run, and he absolutely left more money on the table for a shot at winning. Legs should be fresh after being misused in New York. Good luck to him

  24. adamb182 says:
    October 17, 2020 at 6:20 am

    …As long as they stay healthy i dont see anyone being able to hang with the chiefs come playoff time…
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    I just watched the Raiders put 40 points on them for a win. You never know.

  25. lewansfingermoustache says:
    October 17, 2020 at 12:14 pm
    The only people who think this a good move are Deluded Chiefs fans. He’s done, the tape proves it.

    ************************************
    The only people who thinks this is a bad move are deluded chiefs haters. He isn’t done and the tape will indeed prove it.

  26. The money was irrelevant because he was going to get the money anyway either from the Jets or someone else due to the offset language in his contract!

  27. At that price it’s ok to take a flyer on Bell. If he doesn’t work out they can always let him go.

  28. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    October 17, 2020 at 2:15 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    October 17, 2020 at 11:16 am
    beestmode says:
    October 17, 2020 at 10:12 am
    Players who leave Pittsburgh whether voluntarily or involuntarily have a terrible track record of success afterwards.

    ———

    Mike Vrabel says hello. So does Emanuel Sanders.

    ——————-

    Antonio brown, Franco Harris, randle el, Neil O’Donnell, Greg Lloyd all day hello back. We can do this all day. You can name 2 I’ll name 5 to 10 back.

    1 2 Rate This

    _————————————

    In his defense most great players are held on to. But I will join in

    Plexico, Faneca, Porter, Thigpin, Nickerson,Chad Brown, Rod Woods on and good ol’ Johnny Unitas

  29. So, let me get this straight. Taking time off, say a season or multiple seasons can actually diminish your skills? So say if someone was a bottom tier quarterback and then didn’t play for several years you Don’t think he would come back and be one of the top half quarterbacks in the league? I have a hard time believing that

  30. doctorrumack says:
    October 17, 2020 at 4:04 pm
    So, let me get this straight. Taking time off, say a season or multiple seasons can actually diminish your skills? So say if someone was a bottom tier quarterback and then didn’t play for several years you Don’t think he would come back and be one of the top half quarterbacks in the league? I have a hard time believing that

    —————

    Your question makes no sense

  31. Has anyone figured out the net of sitting out a year without pay, then getting the Jets to cough up stupid bucks and now looking at a whole lot less money next year (although still a couple of Million from the idiot Jets) versus signing the franchise tag with Pittsburgh and then getting a smaller, but still good, salary for three or more years with a decent team?

  32. Oh, and for those who thing Bell is done, the Chiefs don’t agree. If he lost a couple of steps, Reid would have passed on him.

  33. @touchback6

    You know you could go to Spotrac and see the salaries for yourself. If you did, you would see that Mahomes’ contract doesn’t kick in until next year. He’s only counting 5.3 million against the cap this year and the Chiefs have a little over 5 million still left in the pot.

  34. Its hard to blame the Chiefs for making this move. Low financial investment, potential high yield. But wait until Bell blows up the lockerroom.

  35. this was the same amount any team in the entire league was going to pay him to play this year….prorated league min! Why would any team say hey…lets be the biggest fools in the NFL and pay him out of our pocket instead of the Jets??? It was a zero sum game…league min…or more than 6M…more than 6M was never happening.I’d say good for him and Cheifs for sticking it to the Jets but the Jets stuck it to themselves. What idiots. Should of paid him to stay home.

  36. I have a lot of respect for Andy Reid. And from the looks of things in the dollars, the Chiefs have very little to lose in terms of cap space dedicated to this guy. So. Good for both of them … LeVeon shows he still has what he had 3-4 years ago and he is in position for a decent contract next season. But … the number of quality backs has grown a lot in those 3-4 years, loads at team friendly price tags … hard to see him getting any big deals going forward …

  37. The chiefs are sunk, nearly got beat then did by the Raiders, bell won’t help either. You will need more than that. Raiders will have them in Vegas too, sweep and the division, to everyone’s surprise-except that of Gruden grinders.

    Unless bell can cover receivers running deep routes…..

    Nation!

  38. I just can’t see running backs getting huge money like the Jets gave Bell anymore. Running backs are a dime a dozen.

  39. About what he’s worth. What is this? A smidge above vet minimum? Yep, that’s where he should be.

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