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Bell has offer sheet from Eagles

3/16/2010

We’ve got an interesting development on the restricted free-agency front. Adam Schefter reports the Eagles have signed New Orleans running back Mike Bell to an offer sheet.

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BellThe deal is worth $1.7 million, with $500,000 guaranteed, for one year. But this doesn’t mean Bell is done with the Saints. They hold the right of first refusal and can keep him by matching the offer. If they refuse, they will not receive any compensation.

The Saints have seven days to make a decision on this one and it’s likely they’ll take their time. This one’s a tough call. Bell was a valuable member of the rotation with Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush last season.

But the Saints also have Lynell Hamilton, who made a good impression in his rookie season. Hamilton is a bigger back, like Bell, and could end up handling the short-yardage carries if Bell leaves.