Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Eagles sign RB Bell to offer sheet

The Eagles may have their backup running back: visiting free agent RB Mike Bell has signed an offer sheet. According to Adam Schefter, the Eagles have signed the restricted free agent to a 1 year, 1.7 million dollar contract. Because Bell is a restricted free agent, the Saints have 7 days to match the offer. Should the Saints decline to match it, there will be no compensation from the Eagles, meaning no draft picks have to change hands.

1.7 million for a backup RB is a pretty good deal but I wouldn't get too excited just yet. My initial guess is that the Saints will match the offer and leave the Eagles looking for another running back somewhere else. Even though Bell is the third string running back for the Saints, he would still be used enough in their offense to make him worth 1.7 million. Of course, the Saints might plan to draft another running back that they can sign for a cheaper rate and their loss would be the Eagles gain.

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