Eagles Offer Deal to Mike Bell, Saints Unlikely to Match

Written By Bob Cunningham On Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Saints will most likely not match Eagles' offer.

According to Adam Caplan of Scout.com, the Eagles have put in an offer sheet for restricted free agent Mike Bell to the tune of one-year, $1.7 million with $500,000 in guaranteed money.

There are also incentives in the deal that could push it over $2 million.

It's a modest deal, but the Saints are unlikely to want to match it. They already have Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, and a young guy by the name of Lynell Hamilton whom they really seem to like and want on the field.

They might be willing to match the $1.7 million base salary, but with nearly one-third of the salary guaranteed, the Saints have probably already decided they aren't going to match that.

As we reported earlier, Bell would immediately become LeSean McCoy's primary backup and Leonard Weaver will be used as a more traditional fullback. He'll still be a target out of the backfield, but his carries will be limited with Bell's expected arrival.

"I asked Greg Cosell from NFL Films for a Bell review recently," tweets Caplan. "(Cosell said:) Physical, decisive, down hill RB who runs hard."

It's a good move for the Eagles and Bell, but the Saints, assuming they do decline to match the offer, will not receive any compensation for Bell since he was given the lowest tender.

Bell reportedly also received interest from the Seattle Seahawks.

UPDATE: NFL.com's Jason La Canfora is reporting that there is no offer sheet just yet, but that one "is likely" according to a team source. La Canfora says visit is "going well."

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