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Bell, Jordan and Compensatory Picks

Some Small News on the Birds
By Lance Epstein

In relatively slow news day for the Eagles, there are some issues and deals that need clarification. Earlier in the day, Philadelphia Eagles officials announced that the deadline for the Saints to match the offer sheet on running back Mike Bell was Monday night at 11:59 p.m.

However, NFL headquarters informed the Eagles that the deadline was officially Tuesday night at 11:59 p.m.

According to Scouts.com insider, Adam Caplan, he does not expect the Saints to match the offer. Although he still believes the door in not completely shut since the "no-trade clause" in the offer-sheet, which made the Saints initially hesitant to match, does not come into effect until August 1st. This means the Saints can still trade Bell before the beginning of training camp and get some compensation for him.

Besides the Mike Bell situation, restricted free agent and weak-side linebacker Akeem Jordan, which the Eagles tendered at a second-round draft pick, officially signed his contact on Monday.

The former undrafted free agent out of James Madison is expected to be the team's starting weak-side linebacker since Will Witherspoon was released earlier this offseason.

At the beginning of the season, Jordan might have been the Eagles best playmaker on defense. He was always around the ball, making plays and came out with a pair of interceptions. Then a knee injury cost him four weeks and he was not quite the same afterwards (neither was the Eagles defense).

With the Eagles he has started 17 games at linebacker and played in 37 games.

The last tidbit of news today was that the Eagles were awarded two compensatory draft picks in the April 22-24th NFL Draft.

League sources announced that the Eagles will have the 243 and 244 picks in the seventh-round. With the two extra picks, the Eagles now have eight selections.

In order to receive any compensatory draft choices, a team must lose more or better compensatory free agents than it signs in the previous year. The league determines the type compensatory picks based on the free agents based salary, amount of playing time and postseason awards.

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