'Outside chance' Saints match Bell offer

The clock is still ticking for the Saints, who have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to match the Eagles' offer for running back Mike Bell.

A restricted free agent, Bell signed an Eagles' offer sheet on Tuesday that would pay him $1.7 million, with $500,000 guaranteed, over one year. New Orleans had seven days to match, but all signs seem to be pointing to it not doing so.

The Times-Pacayune reported yesterday that there was only an "outside chance" that the Saints would match. They tendered Bell at the lowest level -- $1.176 million -- and would receive no draft-pick compensation were they not to match the offer.

The Eagles included a no-trade clause in the contract that would seemingly keep the Saints from matching their offer and dealing Bell to another team.

As reported on Wednesday, the Eagles aren't going to match the Titans' offer for defensive end Jason Babin. An unrestricted free agent, the Eagles had it written into Babin's contract that they could match any offer within seven days. Like the Saints and Bell, the Eagles had until midnight Tuesday to match Tennesse's offer sheet. However, they made it official today, notifying the league office that they would not match a one-year, $1 million offer.

Also, a league sourced confirmed an ESPN. com report detailing the terms of Darryl Tapp's new contract. The defensive end, who the Eagles traded for on Tuesday, could earn up to $9 million over three years. Tapp will get a $4 million roster bonus and $1.176 million in base salary this season.