Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Fargas could be Bell's replacement
By Pat Yasinskas
The Saints haven’t let running back Mike Bell walk yet, but they’re not wasting any time in exploring other options.
A day after Bell signed an offer sheet with Philadelphia, the Saints have running back Justin Fargas in New Orleans for a visit, according to Bradley Handwerger. The Saints have seven days to decide if they want to match the $1.75 million, one-year offer the Eagles made to Bell. If they decline, they receive no compensation for him.
Fargas, 30, spent seven seasons with Oakland and, like Bell, is considered a power runner. Although the Saints are limited in signing unrestricted free agents because they were a final eight team, Fargas does not fall into that category. He was released by the Raiders at the end of last season, meaning the Saints can sign him without having to lose one of their own free agents.