Philadelphia Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman met the media today to answer questions about the trade sent RB Mike Bell to the Cleveland Browns with RB Jerome Harrison coming the other way.
"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."