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McCoy Welcomes A Veteran Presence

With the release of Brian Westbrook, it's no surprise the Eagles have looked for a veteran backup to complement LeSean McCoy, a second-year player.

The Eagles looked at Justin Fargas last week before inking Mike Bell to an offer sheet Tuesday night.

"I think we definitely need some help and bringing in a veteran will help," McCoy said following a workout at the NovaCare Complex on Wednesday. "He did an excellent job with the Saints. I watched him a little bit. He's a good player. I'd be happy to have him on the team."

A veteran of four NFL seasons, the 26-year-old Bell has compiled 1,376 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns in 37 career games with New Orleans and Denver. And at 6-foot, 225 pounds, Bell brings another dimension to the backfield.

McCoy, meanwhile, is looking forward to his chance to become the featured back. He proved to be a valuable asset in the running game last season, leading the team and setting the Eagles' rookie rushing record with 637 yards. He also caught 40 passes for another 308 yards. In fact, his 935 scrimmage yards trailed only DeSean Jackson's team rookie record of 1,008 set in 2008.

Getting the 21-year-old McCoy more involved in the offense is a no-brainer. But clearly, the Eagles' brass recognizes the importance of veterans as well. The team re-signed Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver, and in one week, could have Bell in the mix as well.

"I can't wait," McCoy said. "I've been waiting to get my opportunity to play and show up."

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 4:24 p.m., March 17

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