It took a little while, but an NFL team has finally signed a restricted free agent to an offer sheet. On Tuesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles and Saints running back Mike Bell agreed on a one-year, $1.7 million deal that includes $500,000 in guaranteed money, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Saints will have seven days to match the offer, but that's unlikely given the fact they didn't place a higher tender on Bell. My immediate thought is that Bell's a much better option than 30-year-old Justin Fargas, who visited the Eagles last week.
Bell was part of a pretty talented three-man rotation with the Saints and I think he'd be a good complement to LeSean McCoy. Bell, 26, is a bigger back than McCoy at 225 pounds and he's been a powerful rusher at times. During his rookie season with the Broncos, Bell had 677 yards and eight touchdowns. He gives Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg another option around the goal line.
Bell's the type of back who won't impede McCoy's progress at all. Of all the backs in free agency, I think Bell's probably one of the better fits for the Eagles. He can certainly eat up at least 150 carries and help the Eagles in third-and-short situations.
The Eagles need a tougher identity on offense. Bell will help in that regard.