Eagles, Browns Swap Running Backs

Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com reports the Philadelphia Eagles have acquired running back Jerome Harrison from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for running back Mike Bell.

Harrison (5-9, 195) was a fifth-round pick out of Washington State by the Browns in 2006. After three seasons in a limited role in the offense, Harrison emerged in 2009, rushing for 862 yards and 5 touchdowns on 194 carries, while catching 34 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns out of the backfield.

Bell (6-0, 225) also entered the NFL in 2006, signing with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona. After starting three of his 20 games with the Broncos, Bell spent two seasons with the New Orleans Saints, finishing second on the team with 654 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2009.

Both players were restricted free agents this off-season.

The Browns tendered Harrison at the "Second Round" level, while Bell was tendered at the "Right of First Refusal" level. The Eagles signed Bell to an offer sheet that the Saints declined to match.

Harrison has been slowed by a thigh injury, which has limited him to 91 yards on 31 carries this season. Expected to be a starter poised for a breakout season, Harrison is squarely behind Peyton Hillis in the Browns' backfield, and will likely welcome a change of scenery.

With LeSean McCoy the unquestioned starter in Philadelphia, Bell has just 16 carries for 28 yards on the season for the Eagles.

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