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Mike Bell gets low tender from Saints

Saints running back Mike Bell isn’t an unrestricted free agent, but he is very much available to interested suitors this offseason.

Scout’s Adam Caplan reports that Bell got the lowest “right of first refusal” tender as a restricted free agent.  Since Bell was undrafted, the team gets nothing back if he signs elsewhere.

Bell would be set to make $1.176 million if he makes the Saints roster next year, but that’s hardly guaranteed.  The team has three backs they like in Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, and Lynell Hamilton.

The team’s low tender of Bell indicates the Saints aren’t particularly worried if he leaves.  After Bell’s cleat mishap in the Super Bowl, that f***ing figures.

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10 Responses to “Mike Bell gets low tender from Saints”
  1. suite34 says: Mar 1, 2010 4:03 PM

    I had a $20 Super Bowl prop bet, Mike Bell scoring a TD at +350. So, who do I charge, Mike Bell for wearing the wrong shoes or Sean Payton for not making sure he had the right shoes?

  2. Ilovefoolsball says: Mar 1, 2010 4:08 PM

    Bell may sign with someone else who is looking for another complimentary back. He has good vision and power. I think his best bet would be to stay with the Saints however. One of their backs will get banged up during the year which will only increase his playing time.

  3. superbowl says: Mar 1, 2010 4:10 PM

    I am sure Dan Snyder has targeted this guy. Because I believe ALL the PRESS spewed forth by the REDSKINS and I am convinced they are committed to winning (something sooner or later) …
    OMG, redskin fans open your eyes, your owner is a fake

  4. SonOfNOLA says: Mar 1, 2010 4:48 PM

    You blame Bell. Bell is a grown ass man enough to know whether or not he has the right shoes on. And as indicated on NFL Films, Payton said before the game to the players to make sure that they had on the proper cleats.
    Pierre Thomas was also undrafted so that isn’t the reason why the Saints wouldn’t get anything for Bell. They value Thomas higher than Mike Bell, despite the stats being somewhat identical only because of PT’s injuries earlier in the season and he could’ve had a 1000 yard season. Mike Bell started off spectacular earlier with 140 against Detroit and sub 100 against the Eagles but went downhill ever since then. He was a non-factor in games they needed him the most like the atlanta game on mnf and against the patriots. He isn’t much of a smart runner, soon as he takes the handoff he likes to run into contact rather than follow the holes first to make it seem like he’s a “true” power runner.

  5. BBB82 says: Mar 1, 2010 4:52 PM

    Bell is decent, but he’s no Pierre Thomas.

  6. SonOfNOLA says: Mar 1, 2010 5:00 PM

    He’s a non-factor in the passing game, not versitile whatsoever. That explains why they’d tender him so low. They’ll sign LaDainian Tomlinson to replace him and get him his first ring.

  7. RayDaMayor says: Mar 1, 2010 5:14 PM

    If Bell leaves New Orleans, he’ll leave with a >>
    1. Super Bowl ring
    2. Bag full of cleats

  8. vbedford says: Mar 1, 2010 6:28 PM

    They are not going to win another Super Bowl.
    (at least not next year)

  9. slipkid says: Mar 1, 2010 7:37 PM

    low tender? i suppose he prefers that to the high hard one.

  10. FumbleNuts says: Mar 1, 2010 8:23 PM

    Someone will snag Mike Bell up, no doubt about it.

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