Philadelphia Eagles Sign Tackle Demetress Bell to Five-Year Deal

Bell is now an Eagle!

The Philadelphia Eagles have made one more move in an attempt to replace Pro-Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, signing ex-Buffalo Bill Demetress Bell to a five-year deal.

Peters ruptured his achilles during a routine workout, and the Eagles desperately needed to find a starting replacement. Given that Philadelphia signed Bell to a five-year deal, it does not seem encouraging regarding Peters’ future with the team. It has been well documented that achilles injuries can end careers, but the Eagles have given no word on the status of his injury, aside from the fact that the surgery went smoothly.

It’s likely that Bell will start from day one at right tackle, as his only competition on the team is King Dunlap. The loss of Peters can’t be understated, but the signing of Bell does relieve some of the bourdon on the offensive line. Another possibility is that Bell would start at left tackle, and Todd Herremans would slide over to right, but it seems that protecting Michael Vick’s back is a top priority, hence why Herremans would stay on the right.

The details of the contract have not been made available at this time.

Much like Peters (who also came from Buffalo), Bell is an athletic and mobile lineman that fits the Eagles offensive scheme perfectly. During his time with the Bills, Bell has shown flashes of greatness but lacked true consistency. Hopefully with the help of veterans and solid coaching Bell will be able to fill in for Peters seamlessly in 2012.

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4 Responses to “Philadelphia Eagles Sign Tackle Demetress Bell to Five-Year Deal”

  1. tval says:

    hence herremans staying at rt u meant? i believe..but i hope bell doesnt show the lack of concentration first yr…like peters did…took a year to un-learn the system for our other ex-buffalo dancing bear…i am optimistic…and wldnt rule out king totally…but that wld mean switch for herremans….king is rt only..

    • Troy Ballard says:

      Nice catch, tval.

      But I agree with Bell. Peters really struggled his first year in Philly, as it was a totally different system and style. The good news is that the Eagles offense caters to quick and lateral lineman, so Bell should transiton well.

      And on the note of King, I perfer to call him Queen. The kid can’t play. End of story. He gets beat off the line, is slow to react, and can’t hold a block to save his life. Starting Dunlap is a perfect recipe to an injured Mike Vick.

  2. tval says:

    lol troy!!! thanks for the response and all the hard work for our beloved eagles…u do a very good job!! i feel u on king…i guess its the expectations he had coming out, none, compared to his production which i say is adequate at worst…i do understand tho….hopefully its moot point now with bell n the fold…but i do believe say he goes down…the best play is to put king at right-even with it being vicks blindside- and herremans back at lt….king seems to have bettr punch at right tackle, probably a righty, than left…and herremans is eagles bugs bunny….play him anywhere!! lol!! thanks again mr ballard…keep up the good work!! now lets draft mike floyd courtney upshaw/d hightower/barron/or jan jenkins….and solidify this defense with sec stars nstead of temple & ohio st standouts.(im from columbus)… and we’ll b golden!!

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