After intense negotiations the Kansas City Chiefs finally signed a big time defensive free agent when they landed the services of linebacker Kendrell Bell. Warpaint Illustrated has learned the contract is for seven years and will include a signing bonus of $10 million according to our source.
Bell made it clear that he wanted to become a Kansas City Chief and after talks stalled with free agent linebacker Ed Hartwell, they decided to move on Bell.
Carl Peterson who wrapped up the negotiations today was very happy with the addition of Bell.
"I'm pleased to conclude this negotiation with (Bell's representative) Todd France," Peterson commented. "I enjoyed it because we both wanted to get a deal done and I think that this is a very good contract for both parties. We're pleased to acquire Kendrell's services and we think he will make an impact for the Chiefs in 2005 and beyond. He's a quality football player, as well as a quality person."
In other developments, I talked with my source at the Chiefs and it appears that Kansas City might no longer have any interest in signing Hartwell and could move to working on upgrading the cornerback position.
Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for more Chiefs news.