The Kansas City Chiefs added some potential punch to their running game Thursday as veteran back Le’Veon Bell has signed a deal to join the defending Super Bowl champions.

Bell, who was released by the New York Jets earlier this week, agreed to a one-year deal, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Bell took to Twitter to express his excitement at the news.

Star Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes voiced his approval of the move, tweeting: “Welcome my brother! Let’s get it!”

The Chiefs, who also took to Twitter to welcome Bell to Kansas City, play the Jets in Week 8.

Bell will have to go through five days of COVID-19 testing before he can join the Chiefs, per NFL protocols, so he won’t be available to play on Monday, when the Chiefs are scheduled to visit the Buffalo Bills.

Bell had narrowed his choices to the Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Bills, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported earlier Thursday.

The 4-1 Chiefs are 13th in the league in rushing at 119 yards per game and 10th at 4.5 yards per carry. But most of their best work in the running game came in Week 1, when rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown in a victory over the Houston Texans.

Since then, the Chiefs are 19th in the league in rushing (108 yards per game) and don’t have a rushing touchdown from a running back.

Got a story or tip for us? Email Sports Gossip editors at 

Want More From Sports Gossip? 

For all the latest breaking Sports Gossip, be sure to follow on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.