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NEW ORLEANS Running back Justin Fargas could possibly be the Saints first offseason acquisition.

A Saints official confirmed to Eyewitness Sports on Wednesday the eighth-year pro was in New Orleans for a visit with the team. Eyewitness Sports reporter Juan Kincaid first reported the visit, which began with a dinner at Emeril's in the Warehouse District on Tuesday night.

Fargas, 30, is a 6-foot-1, 220-pound power running back who could take the place of Mike Bell, who signed an offer sheet from Philadelphia on Tuesday.

It was Bell's second visit this offseason after the Saints tendered the running back at the lowest possible compensation. New Orleans has seven days to match the Eagles' offer.

In 2009, Fargas played in 12 games, compiling 491 yards and three touchdowns.

In seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders, Fargas rushed for 3,369 yards and 10 touchdowns on 827 carries. He fumbled 10 times, losing only four.

But Fargas missed the final two games of the 2009 season with a knee injury and the Raiders cut ties with him this offseason, citing his inability to pass a physical.

Fargas, though, disputes that and he has taken visits this offseason, including with the Browns and Eagles..


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