The free running back recently wrote in an Instagram comment that he had no interest in playing for Chiefs head coach Andy Reid again, adding that he preferred to call it a career.
“I’ll never play for Andy Reid again,” Bell wrote. “I would retire first. “
Bell joined the Chiefs in the middle of last season on a one-year contract after the New York Jets released him just five weeks after the campaign began.
The 29-year-old was given a limited role in Kansas City, racking up 254 yards (four per carry) and two touchdowns in 63 attempts in nine regular season appearances. He then played in just one game during the playoffs, rushing for six yards.
Once one of the best full backs in the league, the triple Pro Bowler hasn’t passed 1,000 rushing yards or 10 touchdowns in a season since his final year with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017.
The 2013 second-round pick amassed 863 yards (3.27 per carry) and three rushing touchdowns in 17 appearances with the Jets, making him one of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL, giving Bell a four-year, $ 52.5 million contract in March 2019. He also caught 69 passes for 500 yards and a score in New York.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs have reached the Super Bowl in two consecutive seasons. Kansas City drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire in 2020, and the first-round back-end led the team with 181 carries, 803 yards and four rushing touchdowns as a rookie.