More: On Bell signing
The Philadelphia Eagles have solidified their left tackle spot. Demetress Bell and the Eagles have come to terms on a five-year contract.
This is a huge move for Philadelphia after Jason Peters went down last week with a potentially season-ending achillies tendon injury. Peters is arguably the best left tackle in the game and while Bell certainly isn't that, he provides stability until Peters can return.
"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 Andy Reid. "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."
Bell spent the first three seasons of his career in Buffalo on a much-maligned offensive line. Once Peters comes back, Bell will become great depth and/or competition for Todd Herremans on the right side.
This also frees up the draft for Andy Reid and the Eagles. Many people around the league were speculating whether or not Philly would have to take a tackle early.
Now with that problem solved, the Eagles can take a player who will fit in better long-term.