The Eagles are getting someone at least short term, or trying to. I can’t see the timing of them freeing up the space in Cox’s contract if they weren’t. Them saying they aren’t is just so they can maintain some amount of leverage.
Going for Bell would be a bit risky but there is a way they could work things out with the transition tag at the end of this year and they could additionally compensate Bell beyond his franchise tag this year if they wish too.
They now have room to do it. They have two 2nd round picks next year and their GM was the guy that sent a 4th for a lesser back in Ajayi mid season. I am not saying it happens but they are clearly putting all of the pieces in place just in case.
I wouldn’t be shocked if they have asked about David Johnson as well as McCoy/Bell.
This week I like Smallwood better with Clement coming off of the injury on a short week.