Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mike Bell is officially an Eagle

There's a new backup running back in Philly.

Former Saints running back Mike Bell signed an offer sheet with the Eagles a week ago and New Orleans has declined to match, making Bell a Bird. The contract was for 1 year and 1.7 million and Bell figures to back up LeSean McCoy in the Eagles backfield.

A 4 year vet in the NFL with the Saints and Broncos, Bell brings experience and some nice size (6 foot, 225 pounds) to the Eagles. While he has never actually played a full season in the league, Bell did have a solid year for the Saints last year, rushing for 654 yards and 5 TD's.

While I'm not that excited about the move, especially considering Bell doesn't solve the Eagles short yardage woes, he's still an upgrade over Eldra Buckley. While the Eagles arguably could have drafted someone in the 4th round who was better than Buckley, I like the idea of having a veteran around to supplement Leonard Weaver just in case McCoy breaks down at some point in the year. I call it a nice signing for the Eagles; they got a decent back for a decent price.

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