The Dallas Cowboys are signing away former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Blake Bell, according to a report from The Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill Jr.
The Cowboys have signed tight end Blake Bell to a one-year deal. Bell is a blocking tight end and played last season with the Kansas City Chiefs.— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) March 25, 2020
Bell, 28, had a tough time with the decision to leave the Chiefs, per Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star.
Source confirms TE Blake Bell is signing a one-year deal with the Cowboys, as @clarencehilljr reported.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) March 25, 2020
Source further tells me the Chiefs expressed interest in bringing back Bell, and he had a hard decision to make. In the end, the native of Wichita, Kansas, chose Dallas.
As Teope noted, Bell is a native of Wichita, Kansas — and his uncle, Mike Bell, was a defensive lineman for the Chiefs from 1979 to 1991.
With Andy Reid using his fair share of multiple-tight end sets, Bell played 397 offensive snaps (37.8%) during the 2019 regular season for the Chiefs. He also added 209 special teams snaps (50%).
Primarily serving as a blocker, Bell’s offensive output was limited; he registered only eight catches for 67 yards in 2019. His lone touchdown of the season came in the divisional round against the Houston Texans — a score that put the Chiefs up 48-31 in an eventual 51-31 win.
The Chiefs’ desire to bring Bell back into the fold is interesting, as it will leave a battle for the second tight end position for 2020. After Kelce, the Chiefs currently list Deon Yelder, Nick Keizer and H-back John Lovett on their roster. Alize Mack and Jody Fortson could also be in the mix.
It is worth wondering if the Chiefs now plan to address tight end with one of their five selections in the NFL Draft.