Chiefs End of Week Notes – Bell Signs With Jets

Free agent S Yeremiah Bell was talking contract with four teams on Thursday.

On Friday, he’s down to one team and signed a one-year $1.4 million deal with the New York Jets.

The Chiefs, Eagles and Titans were the other suitors that did not make it to the pay window with the nine-year veteran.

Why did Bell pass on the Chiefs? That’s easy – they didn’t offer the most money. No slap at Bell, but a veteran of his experience is going to take the most money 99 percent of the time.

Why did the Chiefs not sign Bell? We can only surmise that GM Scott Pioli does not consider him a $1.4 million backup, which is essentially what he would be if Kendrick Lewis and Eric Berry are healthy. The problems come when starters like Lewis and Berry are injured and a player like Bell is needed, but they are never available because they signed with another team a long time before the injury. That’s what leads to four different players starting 15 games; that was last year’s scenario at strong safety after Berry went down on the first defensive play of the season.

What’s holding up Poe’s contract?

All the Chiefs draft choices are signed save first-round pick Dontari Poe. Third-round choice Donald Stephenson signed a four-year deal on Thursday that left Poe all alone on Pioli’s to-do list. The money involved in this deal is easy to figure – it’s four years, for $12 million. That’s where Poe’s deal would fall in a stair step fashion after No. 9 pick Luke Kuechly in Carolina (4 years, $12.58 million) and No. 10 choice Stephan Gilmore with Buffalo (4 years, $12.2 million.) Poe was No. 11 and the guy behind him was DE Fletcher Cox, drafted by Philadelphia.

While all this is going on, Poe is allowed to take part in the team’s off-season program of workouts, meetings and OTA sessions; he’s missing nothing in preparation for the start of training camp. Sometimes contracts aren’t finalized until one side or the other backs up against a deadline of some type. Since there are no deadlines here but the start of training camp, the wait could be long.

Or it could end today. Right now, it’s not a big deal.

What the other guy’s got?

A draft choice signs and normally it’s only matter of minutes before the numbers on his deal break through the negotiating curtain. We don’t have them all just yet, but here’s how most of the Chiefs draft picks faired in their first NFL contracts. All were signed to four-year deals:

  • 2nd-round OL Jeff Allen – $4.64 million, with a $1.81 million signing bonus.
  • 3rd-round OT Donald Stephenson – Terms not yet known.
  • 4th-round WR Devon Wylie – $2.615 million, with a $455,400 signing bonus.
  • 5th-round DB DeQuan Menzie – Terms not yet known.
  • 6th-round RB Cyrus Gray – $2.168 million, with a $68,000 signing bonus.
  • 7th-round DT Jerome Long – $2.161 million, with a $61,000 signing bonus.
  • 7th-round WR Junior Hemingway – $2.147 million, with a $47,000 signing bonus.

9 Responses to “Chiefs End of Week Notes – Bell Signs With Jets”

  • May 18, 2012  - ChuckXX says:

    I know the kool-aid drinkers don’t care about this but I had some time so I went over to and watched the highlights of Dontari Poe against “Tulane”. Maybe they should have called it the lowlights instead of the highlights. He did absolutely nothing in that game. They must have showed well over 20+ plays. Didn’t matter if it was a run or a pass. NOTHING. I still have a bad feeling about him. Remember Junior Savaii??? He was a monster of a man too. But did nothing on the field.

  • May 18, 2012  - kcarrowhead says:

    I actually did watch the Tulane Highlights of Poe, and a lot more of him, too. I have really good feeling about him, and I can’t wait to see how he develops with pro coaching from Crennel and Pleasant.

    I’m not sure what you were watching, but I saw him do some very good things in the Tulane game. Even though Tulane was almost always in the shotgun, he had several QB hurries; he flat-out stuffed several running plays; much of the time he was being double or even triple-teamed, which made space for other guys on his D to make plays. He showed quickness, toughness and hustle throughout. I saw him over run a few plays; saw him get washed out a few times, but overall he looked pretty good.

    His team moved him around a lot and played him a lot-sometimes 60 snaps a game, yet he’s always hustling and fighting. I think he’s a physically gifted, tough kid. I like him.

    What’s Siavii got to do with anything?

  • May 18, 2012  - Michael D says:

    Thx for the update Bob. I feel better about the Poe status.

    Chuck and kc, must of looked at two different games. Guess I’ll have to watch myself. However, I would have to agree with kc that under Crennel’s and company I can’t wait to see him develop. As far as Jr. goes, if Gun could not get him to play no one could.

    Go Chiefs!!!!

  • May 19, 2012  - R W says:

    Two schools of thought here. If a team had the mindset of ‘going for the gold’, they’d be all in on guys like Bell as an insurance policy against frontline starters getting injured. So, having the Jets pony up the $$ isn’t surprising as T-Rex and his minions are not shy about their intentions.

    On the other hand, what can one realistically expect out of a teetering over-the-hill 34 yr old journeyman S except to have him take the spot of a developmental young player who might have far more upside? So, overall, nothing to get into a twist over his signing elsewhere.

  • May 19, 2012  - el cid says:

    Maybe he did not fit or the money, of course. Pioli has done pretty well this off season, so non=signing is ok by me.

    About Poe, we are making him the make or break of this draft. Just one guy, maybe he will get it in the pros. Wish everyone who loves him would quit saying Crennel will handle him. Crennel has bigger fish to fry than one DLineman.

  • May 19, 2012  - Niblick says:

    el cid- I agree. He will have a lot of input as he is a former DL coach, and a very good one from what I hear. However, as head coach he has many other responsibliites he can only spend so much time with Poe. He will need to rely a lot on Pleasant, the DL coach. As for not signing Bell, there are other veteran safetys who are younger and could provide more upside. They had one in earlier from the Skins who they also could possibly sign. I guess they feel they need at least one veteran backup safety.

  • May 19, 2012  - kcarrowhead says:

    The one player who could be the linchpin of his entire defense, the one who could take it up another level or two? Poe would not be in KC unless Crennel thought he AND Pleasant (who is also an excellent DL coach)could help him become a special player. Crennel has a lot of big fish to fry, Poe being near the top of the list.

    I’m ok with not signing Bell in particular, and I rather like the youth the Chiefs have brought in at safety (Menzie, Thorpe, Hartman), but I still think they should bring in a veteran. Otogwe still hasn’t signed with anyone, and there are better options still out there-Paul Oliver, Chris Hope, Jim Leonhard to name a few.

    I like the free agent players Pioli and Crennel have brought in this year, all the way through Rucker and LB Leon Williams. Crennel’s former players have come to KC and played well(S.Smith and Amon Gordon). Williams has had some decent years in the league, and Rucker still has all the athletic tools. Maybe he’ll figure it out in KC.

    Still, bringing in veterans at safety and offensive tackle and bringing Gilberry back should be priorities.

  • May 20, 2012  - Tenand6 says:

    After watching the Tulane game my son thought the Chiefs would use him as a 5 technique DE.

  • May 20, 2012  - kcarrowhead says:

    They had him at end most of that game, but they moved him all over the place during his career. I was thinking maybe chuck xx was watching the wrong guy. Maybe he thought they were playing him inside for that game.

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