Monday, March 15, 2010

Eagles to meet with RB Mike Bell

The Eagles are clearly looking for a veteran backup running back. After meeting with Justin Fargas last week and letting him go without a contract, the Eagles have announced that they will meet with former Saints running back Mike Bell on Tuesday. Bell is a 4 year veteran with a career 4.0 yards per carry average who has also spent time with the Broncos.

Bell is a restricted free agent, meaning the Saints can match any contract offer made by the Eagles. If the Eagles sign him and the Saints refuse to match, the Eagles don't have to give them any compensation.

Bell is similar to Fargas in my book; he's had a few decent seasons but would be nothing more than an adequate backup. Bell has decent hands out of the backfield and almost has the size of a fullback so he should be able to get the tough yards up the middle. While the Eagles could likely find someone in the 4th round of the upcoming draft who is just as good as Bell, for the right price, he would make a nice backup.

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