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Rock bottom for Tatum Bell

Running back Tatum Bell, a one-time 1,000-yard rusher who’s nevertheless best known for swiping Rudi Johnson’s bags after the Lions signed Johnson and cut Bell, has plenty of experience in getting released by NFL teams.

But he’d never previously been dumped by a lesser pro football league.  Until today.

The UFL has issued its daily transaction report, and the report states that Bell has been cut by the Florida Tuskers.

After leaving the Lions in 2008, Bell returned to the Broncos following an outbreak of tailback injuries.  He started three games during Mike Shanahan’s final season as head coach, averaging 5.7 yards per carry, a career high.  It’s therefore possible that Bell will hear from Shanahan’s Redskins if the team decides to bounce Larry Johnson and/or Willie Parker.

Which likely would make Bell the first guy cut by a UFL team to land on an NFL roster.

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18 Responses to “Rock bottom for Tatum Bell”
  1. Nogard13 says: Aug 25, 2010 10:14 AM

    Bell still has some good runs in him and would make a great #3 guy on the Redskins to insure Clinton Portis’ injury-prone body. He’d move up to a #2 RB on weeks when Portis has to sit out.

  2. Mangy66 says: Aug 25, 2010 10:14 AM

    Wow…creating news without even a rumor.
    And just to take another swipe at the Skins.
    How sad this blog has become.
    I’ll take it back in the team in fact (yes…I used the word “FACT”) contacts him. But, I highly doubt that will happen.
    Great “reporting” as always, Flo-Ri-Duh!!!

  3. TheDPR says: Aug 25, 2010 10:17 AM

    Bell’s biggest problem was that he had some success early on due to his natural abilities and so stopped working hard and started feeling entitled.
    Shanny loves his own guys and so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him land with the Skins, assuming he’s in some kind of shape.

  4. Old School says: Aug 25, 2010 10:20 AM

    Did the Tuskers give the rest of the team a heads up beforehand so they could gaurd their belongings?

  5. superb owl says: Aug 25, 2010 10:22 AM

    U mean there’s a bottom under detroit?

  6. thetechnocrat says: Aug 25, 2010 10:25 AM

    I guess he’s got another job lined up in the 5 finger discount industry.
    wah wah waaah

  7. wheresrickysanders says: Aug 25, 2010 10:29 AM

    Thanks for giving the haters fuel Florio. Tatum Bell will not be a Redskin.

  8. habibfromnewdehli says: Aug 25, 2010 11:01 AM

    Larry Johnson isn’t THAT bad. He was forced to play against the RAVENS run defense. They might give up a ton of passing yards, but they are still good against the run. Portis got to run against the Bills.
    With that said, if LJ is not vibing well in the lockerroom being a back-up, then I could see this happening. Shanahan has never been loyal to a RB, and Portis knows this. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jamal Lewis was the Redskins starting RB by the time the season was over!

  9. Florio-is-a-tool says: Aug 25, 2010 11:06 AM

    Mangy66 says: “And just to take another swipe at the Skins.”
    Sorry but Dan Snyder apologists still aren’t clear minded enough to realize it’s DAN SNYDER running the friggin franchise into a hell-hole so something needs to be written on a regular basis. It would serve the NFL nicely if the ‘Skins actually became competitive again.

  10. n0hopeleft says: Aug 25, 2010 11:07 AM

    the eagles might want to take a look.
    they cant run through a sprinkler right now.

  11. gregjennings says: Aug 25, 2010 11:31 AM

    Maybe he can be Minnestoa’s #3 WR.

  12. heartstl says: Aug 25, 2010 11:34 AM

    Former Tusker Jim Haslett will recommend picking him up. He loves his old players, just ask the Rams with all the washed up guys he picked up there like Fakhir Brown. Most of those guys are on the Tuskers now too.

  13. superb owl says: Aug 25, 2010 11:46 AM

    skins fans should look at the bright side.
    peterson is always putting his balls on the ground.
    tatum bell makes sure the bags get there.

  14. CollegeToPros says: Aug 25, 2010 11:58 AM

    the coolest thing about football fans how they think every writer hates their team, when in reality they probably have allegiance to 1 team and have hatred towards a few rivals.

  15. Louis says: Aug 25, 2010 12:00 PM

    Tatum, hmmm that name seems to ring a Bell

  16. Markmandude says: Aug 25, 2010 2:03 PM

    Does this mean he is getting his job back at the cell phone kiosk in the cherry creek mall?

  17. Mooch says: Aug 25, 2010 2:09 PM

    Now Skins take Huskers rejects?
    What, the Chiefs rejects aren’t getting it done?

  18. Mangy66 says: Aug 26, 2010 10:35 AM

    Florio-is-a-tool says:
    August 25, 2010 11:06 AM
    Mangy66 says: “And just to take another swipe at the Skins.”
    Sorry but Dan Snyder apologists still aren’t clear minded enough to realize it’s DAN SNYDER running the friggin franchise into a hell-hole so something needs to be written on a regular basis. It would serve the NFL nicely if the ‘Skins actually became competitive again.
    ——————————–
    Who’s a Dan Snyder apologist?
    You sir, are the tool for making that ill-thought-out generalization.
    Sounds more like you were waiting for the first Redskins fan to post so you could open your mouth and let all that ISH plop out.
    I would normally say “Get Bent”…but I’m more inclined, in this situation, to say, Get a clue.

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