ORLANDO, Fla. -- The New Orleans Saints have until Tuesday night at 11:59 p.m. ET to match the Eagles' $1.7 million offer to restricted free-agent running back Mike Bell. There's been some confusion on the issue because the Eagles thought the deadline was tonight. Coach Andy Reid told reporters Monday that he didn't expect the Saints to match the offer.
BellAnd before he was nearly stampeded with reporters, Reid talked about why the club released so many players recently.
"We felt it was the right thing to do," said Reid. "We go through that every year. I guess it was more drastic this year."
We'll have an opportunity to sit down to breakfast with Reid at 7 a.m. ET on Wednesday and ask some follow-up questions. I've spotted new Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and president Joe Banner a couple of times, but they've shown the ability to separate from reporters in routes.
In other Eagles news, linebacker Akeem Jordan has signed his second-round tender, which will pay him roughly $1.6 million in 2010. Apparently restricted free agent offensive lineman Nick Cole has not signed his tender, as a previous report indicated.