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10-14-2010, 11:06 AM
Bell acquired for Harrison
By Matt Florjancic, ClevelandBrowns.com Staff Writer

Posted 1 hour ago

aaFifth-year rusher Mike Bell brings a complementary style of running to the Browns.
On Thursday morning, the Browns completed a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, sending running back Jerome Harrison to the City of Brotherly Love in exchange for fifth-year rusher Mike Bell.

Bell started out his career with a two-year stint with the Denver Broncos after going undrafted out of the University of Arizona. He spent the next two seasons in New Orleans before playing in the first five games of the 2010 season with the Eagles.

“As Peyton’s (Hillis) role has expanded with all the good things that he’s done, the plays that we call for him have expanded,” Browns coach Eric Mangini said. “(Bell) really complements and fits the types of plays we call for Peyton. Philly thought Jerome was a good fit for them, so it worked out.”

In his rookie season of 2006, Bell rushed for career highs of 677 yards and eight touchdowns on 157 carries. However, over the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Bell played in a combined nine games.

Bell was able to rebound in 2009 as part of the Super Bowl champion Saints. He gained 654 yards on 172 carries and scored five touchdowns. During the Super Bowl, Bell gained four yards on two attempts.

“Scott (Fujita) had played with him in New Orleans and he said a lot of positive things about him,” Mangini said. “We’re working to get him acclimated to the system.”

Bell has two 100-yard games to his credit. He gained 136 yards and scored two touchdowns on 15 carries in a 34-31 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on October 29, 2006. He accounted for 143 yards on 28 carries in leading the Saints to a 45-27 win over the Detroit Lions on September 13, 2009.

Bell, the fourth-leading rusher in University of Arizona history, gained 3,163 yards and scored 17 touchdowns on 678 rushing attempts. He rushed for the fifth-highest single-game total ever with 222 yards on 26 carries in a 2003 match-up against the University of Washington. Bell was the leading rusher in each of his four seasons with the Wildcats.

“He’s more of a tough, physical runner,” Mangini said. “I’d say he has some similarities to Hillis in that way.”


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