Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Eagles sign OT Bell to a five-year deal


The Philadelphia Eagles have announced they have come to terms with offensive tackle Demetress Bell on a five-year deal.

"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," said head coach Andy Reid in a statement. "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," said general manager Howie Roseman in a statement. "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."

A seventh-round draft choice of Buffalo in 2008, Bell started all 16 contests in 2010. The 27-year-old Bell started six games with the Bills in 2011 as he dealt with a shoulder injury, but the team amassed a 4-2 record in those outings.

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