Bell is back with the Eagles on their practice squad.
The Eagles announced Thursday that they have signed rookie running back Joique Bell to the practice squad. In order to make room for Bell, the team has released tight end Cornelius Ingram.
Bell was on the Eagles active roster earlier this season while LeSean McCoy was banged up. Bell didn't see any carries, but contributed on special teams, mainly on the coverage units.
Bell was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills, then waived and picked up by the Eagles, then waived and picked up by the Indianapolis Colts where he played five games. The Colts waived Bell on December 14th and he's now found his way back to Philly.
Talk about an interesting rookie season.
Ingram was originally drafted by the Eagles last season in the fifth round. Ingram was expected to immediately become Brent Celek's backup, but due in large part to successive knee injuries Ingram has had a difficult time latching on in the league.
This seems like an unneeded move by Andy Reid and Howie Roseman. With Brandon Graham going down for the season, why not bring in a defensive end and stash him on the practice squad?
Signing Derrick Burgess was a good first step, but he's 32 years old and has been out of football all season long. There's no guarantee he'll be able to hold up and, if that's the case, it would be nice to have some insurance.
Eric Moncour would be the perfect addition. Moncour was with the Eagles during the preseason and came on strong in their final game. Moncour went on to play for the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions, so he's gotten some playing experience since then.
The UFL requires a $25,000 transfer fee to release its players to an NFL roster, but not if the player is being signed to the practice squad.