by Joe Fortenbaugh
March 16, 02010
Five days ago, the Philadelphia Eagles addressed the defensive side of the football when they signed free agent safety Marlin Jackson.
Tuesday, the Birds made a move on Donovan McNabb’s side of the football.
The Eagles have reached an agreement with restricted free agent running back Mike Bell, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.
Per Schefter, it’s a one-year contract worth $1.7 million with $500,000 guaranteed. Including all of the incentives, Bell’s deal could be worth up to $2 million.
Since the running back was a restricted free agent that was tendered with the right of first refusal option, the Saints now have seven days to match the offer, or will lose Bell for good.
In addition, New Orleans would receive no draft pick compensation.
The 6’0”, 225-pound running back rushed for 654 yards and five touchdowns for the Saints in 2009. He was integral (17-85-1) in New Orleans’ 48-22 win over Philadelphia in Week 2 when Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas were both battling injuries.
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