General manager Howie Roseman talked exclusively with PhiladelphiaEagles.com about the acquisition of running back Jerome Harrison from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for running back Mike Bell and said that it's a case of a change of scenery benefitting both teams.
"I think Mike Bell's a great fit for their scheme," Roseman said. "He's a downhill runner. They like to pound the ball between the tackles and Mike Bell can do that. And maybe Jerome gives us a little dimension to our backup running back."
As for Harrison, the 5-foot-9, 205-pounder gives the Eagles a versatile player who has a track record that includes a 286-yard rushing game last season.
"He's got quick feet. He's a good athlete. He can catch the football," Roseman said. "We'll see when he gets here. Obviously it's a different system than he played in throughout his career. We'll see how quickly he picks it up and we have confidence in our backup running back if he's not ready to go, they'll be ready to play.
"I think it also gives an opportunity for our younger backs, our backs who are big backs, Eldra Buckley and Joique Bell, who we picked up here in the last few weeks."
Bell, 5-11, 220, was signed from the Buffalo Bills practice squad several weeks ago, and Buckley, 5-9, 207, is in his second year as an Eagle.
"We watched (Bell), evaluated him in college and he had a heck of a college career," Roseman said of the Division III Wayne State product. "He was a great player in college and then he came in the preseason in Buffalo and did a lot of good things. I think for a young running back, you saw some things that are hard to find. He's really good in pass protection, he can run routes, he can run in between the tackles, he can run outside. Now, obviously that time speed kept him from getting drafted, but he's got good feet, he played well on special teams and if he gets an opportunity we're confident that he'll do a great job for us."
This is the third trade between the Eagles and Browns since former Eagles general manager Tom Heckert took over the job as general manager of the Browns. Roseman said the trade talks surrounding this deal began about a week ago.
"Obviously we have a great relationship with the Cleveland Browns organization and Tom Heckert and Tom and I talk all the time and we found something that we thought worked for both teams," Roseman said. "I think we were just trying to find a fit. For us, it was very important to keep our draft picks. We had traded some here and obviously they were looking for another guy, if they lost a running back, to replace him and it just seems like something that could be a win-win for both sides."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 3:55 p.m., October 13