Philadelphia Eagles Meeting with Saints Running Back Mike Bell

Bob Cunningham@BCunningham215Senior Analyst IMarch 15, 2010

With an obvious need for a backup to running back LeSean McCoy, the Philadelphia Eagles will bring in Saints' restricted free agent Mike Bell. The Saints opted to only put a "right of first refusal" tender on Bell, which means they're not going to fight very hard to keep him.

Bell isn't a superstar, and may not be better than incumbent backup Eldra Buckley , but his addition certainly can't hurt the Eagles. At the very least, Bell would add starting-caliber depth behind McCoy.

He played well for the Saints in '09, but seemed to wear down as the season went on. He is clearly nothing more than a five-to-eight carries-per-game type of guy. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield, but hasn't been given the chance to do it over the past three years.

Losing his starting spot in Denver and playing with a receiving threat like Reggie Bush in New Orleans will result in limited opportunities in the passing game, but the Eagles must believe he can do it if they're bringing him in for a visit.

Raiders running back Justin Fargas has also visited, but left without a contract and isn't expected to sign.

If Bell doesn't sign on, or if the Saints decide to match the Eagles' offer (assuming there is one), it's likely that the Birds would simply wait until about the fourth round of the upcoming draft to select someone they feel is NFL-ready.

Bell has 1,376 yards on 348 attempts (4 YPA) and 14 touchdowns in just 37 games played.

If something is going to happen with Bell, it's going to happen either tomorrow or Wednesday. Stay tuned.