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RB Mike Bell Media Availability

On whether he thinks the Saints will match the offer sheet: "I haven't really talked to the Saints since the season ended. I'm letting my agent handle all the business side of it. I'm just trying to get myself in football shape right now and get myself mentally ready to play the season."

On anticipating the Saints not matching the offer sheet: "I'm not really anticipating anything. I'm just going to leave that to my agent. I'm pretty sure he has an idea what's going on. I haven't talked to him since yesterday, but I'm sure I'll find out more this week."

On waiting to see where he will play next year: "Yeah, it does make it a strange and long week, but I feel I'm in a perfect situation because both teams are Super Bowl caliber teams. So, just in case New Orleans does sign the tender, I'm good to go because I'll be back on a good team. If they decide not to, I had a great opportunity while I was there and I'm on another Super Bowl caliber team."

On why this is attractive from a football standpoint: "Just from the history of this team, the history of the coach and just the winning attitude that this team has. I think they've been in the playoffs consistently within the past five years and I'm ready to be a part of something big. I think this organization definitely has the players to do it."

On whether he feels he will compete for a starting spot now that RB LeSean McCoy is back and RB Brian Westbrook is gone: "Right now I'm just coming here to prove myself. I haven't really shown anything. I was in a rotation last year with a bunch of great backs. Right now I'm just coming here and establish myself on special teams and show the coach that I can play special teams and just work my way in and allow the coach to find a role for me wherever they see fit. I know the running backs over here last year played great, so I'm definitely not trying to come in here and cause no type of controversy if anything. I just want to come in here and them help me and me help them and we just come out here and make the team better."

On whether he excels in short-yardage situations: "I've been successful in the pass and if that's an area they need, I'm definitely the type of guy that is a physical runner that can get the job done."

On whether he has a preference over Philadelphia or New Orleans: "You know what, it's an awkward situation, but I consider it a win-win situation. It's like a no lose situation, so I'm good. Both teams are good, both teams are good to me so I'm good."

On what he remembers from his game against the Eagles this past season: "I had a touchdown, had some nice runs, but I got hurt so that's probably the most memorable thing about it. Somebody fell on my leg and hurt my MCL. My season was never really the same after that."

On whether it was a sprain and for how long he sat out: "It was a sprain, just a sprain; no tear. I sat out the next three weeks."

On playing in a running back rotation: "Just being in New Orleans allowed me to become so unselfish. I saw what an unselfish football team can do. It took us all the way to the Super Bowl and that's the mentality the running backs had. We knew that we all excelled in different areas and we knew we could help the team in different areas. [Saints Head] Coach [Sean] Payton knew the areas that we excelled in, so he put us in situations to be successful. I know that it keeps everyone fresh, it keeps everybody hungry, willing to compete and perform. So, I think it's a good thing to do because everybody stays healthy throughout the whole year."

On the YouTube clip about his cleats in the Super Bowl and how it came about: "I think it was a heat-of-the-moment type of the game because I've never worn screw-in cleats. I can't even remember a time I've ever worn screw-in cleats. What happened was I cut off my inside foot. If you watch the film, if you cut off your inside foot on bad turf, you're going to slip every time. I think that he saw that once he watched the tape. That doesn't mean that slipping is acceptable because it's not. Especially in the Super Bowl on the one-yard line."

On catching out of the backfield: "I think that me catching the ball will open it up for me in the run game. I can catch the ball if you go back and look at the tapes."

On the West Coast Offense and whether it will be hard to learn: "From talking with the coaches, it's real similar to what I ran in New Orleans. The run-blocking schemes are pretty much identical; different terminology. The passing game is real, real similar; real similar. The only thing, I'm just going to have to change the verbiage of it. For the most part, it's real similar. I'm a fast learner, so I think I'll be alright."

On picking up the blitz in the backfield and whether that is something he has experience with: "I haven't and it's not because I can't, it's just because of the situation. [Saints RB] Reggie [Bush] and Pierre [Thomas] are both great in the passing games so you want to keep them on the field as much as possible. I just was never in there for an opportunity to pick up blocking. That doesn't mean I can't do it because I can and will do it."

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