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Eagles Officially Sign Joique Bell, Release Hank Baskett, Martell Mallett, & Chip Vaughn

The Eagles made a slew of minor personnel moves today officially signing RB Joique Bell (pronounced Joyk) from the Buffalo Bills practice squad. Per NFL rules, Bell will have to be on the Eagles active roster for at least three weeks. 

To make room for Bell, the team released Hank Baskett again. Baskett has played sparingly since the start of the season and was on the roster bubble at the end of preseason anyway. Baskett's release is somewhat of a surprise simply because you might have thought the Eagles would have chosen to release another RB, such as Eldra Buckley, to make room for Bell. My guess is that it was partly a special teams concern. For the most part, your 5th WR and 3rd RB are primarily special teams players, so the Eagles very well may have kept Buckley over Baskett based on their special teams play.

But hey, last time Hank got released a superbowl bound team picked him up...

The team also released RB Martell Mallett and S Chip Vaughn from the practice squad. No word yet on who might replace them. I assume Mallett got his release when the team figured it had enough organizational depth at RB.