Eagles sign former Bills OLT Bell

Posted April 04, 2012 @ 11:31 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Eagles found a potential replacement for OLT Jason Peters, signing unrestricted free agent Demetress Bell to a five-year deal.

Bell, who formerly spelled his first name "Demetrius," spent the first four seasons of his career with the Bills. He started six games last season after starting all 16 in 2010. He battled injuries in 2011 but got off to a good start.

Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon while training last week and underwent surgery. The Eagles did re-sign King Dunlap.

"Demetress was one of the top free-agent offensive linemen available this year and we are happy to be able to add him to our squad," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said. "We had a chance to meet him over the weekend and study him extensively on tape and we came away quite impressed with what we saw and heard. He's a great athlete."

"Demetress is a guy we've followed since he joined the league," GM Howie Roseman said. "He's a big, athletic left tackle and he has quite a few games of experience under his belt with Buffalo. He'll excel with our style of play on the offensive line."

Bell was PFW's 50th-ranked free agent and the second-best available.

The way we see it

For the Eagles, they get a veteran to potentially replace Peters, who is a huge loss to the O-line. Bell has good feet and improved his game greatly from 2010 to ’11, though he couldn't stay healthy. The Bills are now squarely in the market for a left tackle.