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.