Bell joins Eagles as Saints decline to match offer

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Running back Mike Bell is officially a Philadelphia Eagle.

The Birds offered the veteran running back a one-year deal worth $1.7 million with $500,000 guaranteed on March 16. Since Bell was a restricted free agent, the Saints were given seven days to match the offer.

New Orleans declined—per a tweet for Adam Schefter of ESPN—as the cost was too high considering the team already has Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush in the backfield—the later of which is scheduled to make $8 million in 2010.

The addition of Bell gives the Eagles some much-needed depth in the backfield. Second-year running back LeSean McCoy will assume the starting role with fullback Leonard Weaver likely to handle some of the short-yardage carries.

In addition to McCoy, Weaver and Bell, the Eagles also have second-year running back Eldra Buckley (15-44-1) on the depth chart.

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