Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 Mar 2010

Eagles Sign Mike Bell

Adam Schefter reports that the Saints will not match the offer sheet tendered to running back Mike Bell by the Eagles. Bell will join Philly; New Orleans receives no compensation.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 23 Mar 2010

10 comments, Last at 26 Mar 2010, 8:12am by Drew630


by The Ninjalectual :: Tue, 03/23/2010 - 11:23pm

The Eagles RB problems have been solved!

"Just look at that pumpkin."
-John Madden, looking at the moon.

by Marko :: Wed, 03/24/2010 - 12:55am

That's appropriate to have a Bell in Philadelphia. Will he be called Mike "Liberty" Bell?

by Kevin from Philly :: Wed, 03/24/2010 - 7:14am

I just hope we don't end up calling him ding-a-ling.

by Theo :: Wed, 03/24/2010 - 5:11am

Bill do you have a twitter deal with adam schefter or something?

For those interested, the actual news is here:

by Dean :: Wed, 03/24/2010 - 9:03am

This is a minor move. McCoy is the starter, and outplayed Westbrook last year. 36 was great, but he hasn't been great in 2 years.

Bell was a guy I liked coming out of college a few years back and was surprised he wasn't drafted. Now, he's proven he's a quality player. Maybe not a star, but he certainly has some ability. My concern is that he may be a square peg in a round hole in Philly. The fans there have been screaming for a "big back," for years, but that doesn't mean a "big back" will be a good fit. Bell could turn out to be a key piece of the team. On the other hand, he could turn out to be Tony Hunt Revisited.

by Alex51 :: Wed, 03/24/2010 - 11:08am

I agree. He might be fairly good, but he's an awful fit for Philly. Eagles RBs need to be good receivers, and he hasn't exactly shown much in that area. He's had 6 receptions in his first 3 years in the NFL. LeSean McCoy, on the other hand, had 6 receptions total in his first three NFL games. Bell had better get a lot better as a receiver.

by kamchatka (not verified) :: Wed, 03/24/2010 - 1:14pm

How dumb do you think Andy Reid is? You don't think it's possible that the Eagles passed a lot to Westbrook because he was a good receiver, and not because they just, er, had to? Why can't the Eagles adapt to a gutsy, one-cut RB who runs between the tackles? (Not saying Bell's that guy, but if they could get that guy, I don't doubt their ability to adapt to their roster...)

by Drew630 (not verified) :: Fri, 03/26/2010 - 8:12am

I don't doubt their ability to adapt to their roster...
Ha. See McNabb, Donovan for the last 3 years. Reid has always tried to adapt players to his system. That is the real reason that they need to unload McNabb: not because he isn't a talented QB, but because he doesn't have the physical skills to play his part in Reid's system (Accuracy required). He can't hide his deficient accuracy behind pure athleticism anymore.

As far as Bell, a runner with talent that has some bulk would be nice to have on the roster. Even if it is only the perceived threat of a short-yardage run when Reid calls for a deep post on a 3rd and 1. And Bell is a much better option if McCoy gets injured than Buckley.

by Dave51 (not verified) :: Wed, 03/24/2010 - 11:12am

I'm not exactly thrilled about this signing (Bell was mediocre to sub-average behind the best run-blocking line in the league last year) but he's definitly better than Tony Hunt ever was. I don't know exactly what Hunt's problem was, but as far as I know no team ever even kicked his tires after we cut him.

by FooBarFooFoo (not verified) :: Thu, 03/25/2010 - 6:30am

Payton's "yeah, that f***ing figures" is an all time classic from this year's Super Bowl.

Glad the Eagles mostly play on artificial turf.