"I think, first of all a change of scenery might be good for both players. [RB] Mike Bell can fit their scheme. They're looking for a downhill runner between the tackles. They like to run the ball a lot. For us, [RB] Jerome [Harrison], he's a quicker guy, he's athletic [and] he can catch the football. Obviously, he was really productive last year at the end of the season. With our backup running backs, with the skill-set they have in terms of [RB] Eldra [Buckley], [RB] Joique [Bell] and Mike Bell, they were all kind of bigger backs who could run between the tackles. And we thought maybe Jerome's skill-set kind of fit in terms of complimenting those guys."
Roseman felt that Mike Bell wasn't a good fit here because he wasn't going to get the ball as much as he needed to now that LeSean McCoy has developed so quickly.
"I think Mike Bell will end up being a good player for the Cleveland Browns and he was obviously really successful in New Orleans. He's the kind of guy who needs the football a lot and you saw that when he played against us last year and they fed him [the ball] and he got the football a lot. Obviously, our starting running back has been really productive for us and we want to get him the football so [Bell] has been spotted more here than he was last year when he was playing a lot and he's probably better [fitted] when he gets a lot of carries."
He was also asked about what kind of learning curve Harrison might picking up the Eagles offense.
"We have good reports on him in terms of learning when he was in college and [Cleveland General Manager] Tom's [Heckert] always honest; we're honest with each other, we've worked together so long and he said he's a smart guy and he's going to work at it. So we'll bring him in here and we'll see how long it takes."
To be honest, I was more excited than Mike Bell’s arrival than I should have been, and paid the price for it with his awful season. While there’s something about Jerome Harrison that makes him go from having the third best rushing game of all time to being benched in favor of a seventh round pick, I can’t see any downside to this deal. Harrison is a free agent after the season anyway, so the final 11 games will serve as a tryout to see if he’s worthy of a follow-up contract. Also, if the Eagles feel like there’s anything in Joique Bell, now is the time to see.
He's given way to Peyton Hillis as the Browns starting back, but he's got a ton of talent at a stout 5'9, 205. At the end of last season, he rushed for 561 yard and 5 touchdowns in three games. The Washington State product is 27 and probably lacking in upside, but compared to the production we've failed to get from Mike Bell, this is a good move for the Eagles. If LeSean McCoy's injury lingers (despite last week's impressive showing), Harrison is a great insurance plan. Considering Owen Schmitt's play of late, Bell as a fullback here wasn't happening.
I'm not sure if the Browns are considering Bell for their fullback position or just another bruising back behind Hillis, but considering Harrison was on Mangini's naughty list, the reasoning for the deal is clear. Hillis has been fumble-prone this season and Mike Bell only has three career fumbles lost. Could be a red zone threat and completely mess up my fantasy teams.
Stay tuned for more as the story develops and keep an eye on BGN for their reaction.