Restricted free agent running back Mike Bell believes that no matter where he'll be playing football next season, it will be for a winner.
"I feel like I'm in a win-win situation," Bell told reporters Wednesday morning at the NovaCare Complex. "I feel like I'm in a perfect situation because both teams are Super Bowl-caliber teams."
Bell, who won a Super Bowl with the Saints, signed a one-year offer sheet with Philadelphia Tuesday evening. New Orleans has seven days to match the offer sheet. If they decline, Bell becomes Eagles property without Philadelphia having to surrender any draft-choice compensation.
In Bell, the Eagles stand to pick up a 6-foot, 225-pound physical runner who the team is quite familiar with. He caused Philadelphia's defense considerable headaches in the Saints' 48-22 win Sept. 20 at Lincoln Financial Field, rushing for 86 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
However, Bell's memory of that game was not a good one. He sprained his MCL in the game and sat out the next three weeks.
"My season really wasn't the same after that," Bell said.
Bell led the Saints with 172 carries and contributed 654 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in 2009. He was part of a three-headed backfield attack in New Orleans, sharing touches with Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas.
"Being in New Orleans allowed me to become so unselfish, and I saw what an unselfish football team can do," Bell said. "That's the mentality the running backs had because we knew that we all excelled in different areas and we knew we could help the team in different areas."
Bell believes he can help a team in short-yardage situations, a problem area for the Eagles in recent years. As for pass-catching and pass-blocking, Bell is confident in his abilities though he hasn't had significant opportunities.
"That doesn't mean I can't do it, because I can and will do it," Bell said with regard to pass-blocking.
Meanwhile, Bell has 26 career receptions on his resume. most of which came in 2006 in his rookie year in Denver. He caught just four passes last season as Bush and Thomas were utilized more in the passing game.
"I can catch the ball if you go back and look at the tapes," Bell said.
Bell says after talking with the Eagles' coaching staff, he believes the offense is "real similar" to what he ran in New Orleans, except for the terminology.
As for a potential role in Philadelphia, Bell said he plans to come in and prove himself.
"I'm going to establish myself on special teams and work my way in and allow the coaches to find a role for me wherever they see fit," Bell said. "I'm ready to be part of something big."
-- Posted by Bob Kent, 11:16 a.m., March 17