The Eagles have tendered an offer sheet for a 1-year contract with restricted free agent running back Mike Bell, agent Josh Luchs confirmed this evening. The agreement was first reported by Adam Caplan of Scout.com.
Luchs said Bell gets a $500,000 guarantee and a $1.7 million base for the deal, which he said could be worth $2 million with incentives. The Saints have seven days to match, but they could have tendered Bell at the second-round level and paid him about what the Eagles are offering, with no guarantee. They chose not to do that, so it would be a mild surprise if they stepped up now.
"Mike's going from one Super Bowl-caliber team to another," Luchs told your Eagletarian. "Obviously, the Eagles have decided they want to punish tacklers."
Luchs noted that this is the first offer sheet to go out in restricted free agency this year, despite a lot of talk about the large restricted market.
Below, you'll find an embedded YouTube video in which Saints coach Sean Payton is upset after Bell slips on a goalline run at the end of the first half of the Super Bowl. I just watched it for the first time myself -- I've heard it described as Payton yelling at Bell for wearing the wrong cleats. That's only partly true. Payton obviously is annoyed that Bell isn't wearing "screw-ins," but he seems to be directing that anger more at the team equipment guy. Then, at the end, perhaps remembering he's wearing a mike, Payton proclaims "that's my fault."
With the Eagles, my impression has always been that the equipment manager dictates the footwear for each game, and that everybody wears the same length cleats. Maybe that isn't true everywhere.