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Eagles reportedly want ex-Cleveland Brown Jerome Harrison back

By Marla Published: April 15, 2011

An interesting post on CSNPhilly.com about the Philadelphia Eagles' running back corps touts the performance of former Cleveland Brown Jerome Harrison.

The post goes so far to call it a steal that the Eagles swapped Harrison last Oct. 14 for Mike Bell. Harrison backed up LeSean McCoy and finished with 239 yards on 40 carries (4.1) average and a TD for the Eagles, along with eight receptions for 43 yards. For 2010, Harrison totalled 330 yards (4.6 average), nowhere near his 862 yards (4.4 average) for the Browns in 2009.

Had he been on the Browns' roster, Harrison's 4.6 average would have been second on the team to quarterback Colt McCoy (4.9).

Bell finished with 31 carries for 71 yards (2.3 average) and caught six passes for 62 yards for the Browns.

According to CSNPhilly, Harrison's 6.0 yards per carry was the highest in 50 years by an non-Eagles quarterback with 40 or more attempts. The site said Harrison's 4.8 career rushing average is tied for eighth-best among active running backs with at least 300 attempts.

Harrison is a free agent whom the site says the Eagles should re-sign, even if it means not drafting a backup for McCoy. It will be interesting to see what kind of free agent there is in Harrison, whenever it commences.

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