Bell Could Toll for Birds

The Eagles' apparent lack of interest in signing Justin Fargas makes better sense now that Mike Bell, one of the other solid veteran complementary running backs on the market, is scheduled to visit NovaCare today, agent Josh Luchs confirmed.

Bell, who also has visited Seattle, is a restricted free agent. The Saints tendered him at the lowest level, meaning they have seven days to match any offer he gets, but they receive no compensation should they decline. Despite all the talk about RFA movement going into free agency, nobody has inked one to an offer sheet yet. Will the Eagles be first?

Well, Bell is a 26-year-old (27 in April), low mileage back with inside running chops. He showed he could catch the ball out of the backfield as a 2006 rookie with the Broncos (20 catches, 179 yards), hasn't been used much that way since. As we noted last week, the Birds really need a veteran complement to Shady McCoy. Bell can pick up third-and-1 for you. He led the Saints in carries (172, for 654 yards and 5 touchdowns) despite being on the field for just 18 percent of their plays last season. In a deep backfield, he carved out a strong role.

Question is, what would you have to offer him to get the Saints to decline to match? Could be we're about to find out.