Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 4/4/12

The Philadelphia Eagles signed free agent Offensive Tackle Demetress Bell today to a 5-year deal. Bell will replace Pro Bowler Jason Peters, who suffered a ruptured Achilles' Tendon and is likely lost for the season.

Losing Jason Peters was apparently not something that the Philadelphia Eagles and coach Andy Reid were ok with. Peters, the All Pro left tackle, ruptured his Achilles’ tendon last week and is probably lost for the season.  To fill the void of losing him, the Eagles signed former Buffalo Bill, Demetress Bell to a 5-year deal, the team announced today. Bell has visited with the team over the weekend, but was also being pursued by other teams.

“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. 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.” -Statement from Eagles head coach Andy Reid

The 5 year part of this is interesting, considering the Eagles do expect Jason Peters to return at some point.  I will chalk this up to the price of doing business.  Since Demetress Bell was reportedly courted by the Redskins, Packers and Steelers, the Eagles probably had to give him more than they were would probably have wanted to… the price of doing business.  Official terms of the deal have not been released yet, but it’s probably safe to speculate that the deal will be front loaded for Bell.

Bell is 27 years old and is 6’5″ 311 pounds.  He played college ball for Northwestern and was drafted by the Bills in 2008.  In Bell, the Eagles get a very solid replacement for Peters.  He is a veteran presence who can come in and start from day one.  This was undoubtedly the smartest move for the team to make.

Ironically, according to Ruben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, Demetress Bell also replaced Jason Peters in Buffalo after Peters joined the Eagles. On a side note, Bell took the opportunity to correct everyone’s spelling and pronunciation of his name.  Most had been going with Demetrius, but I have also seen Demetrious.

Similar Posts:

  • Philadelphia Eagles Odds and Ends – Peters Achilles’, Asante, Reid “Goofed” and Demetrius Bell
  • Is Andy Reid Battling for Power in The Eagles Organization?
  • For the Philadelphia Eagles, Could It Soon Be Tebow Time?
  • Breaking News: Philadelphia Eagles Play Tag, DeSean Jackson’s It
  • Free Agent Fixes for Eagles D-ficiencies.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kobe responds to Aldridge report with funny meme

One pitch away: Carrasco loses no-hitter in bottom of the 9th

England loses World Cup semifinal to Japan in heartbreaking fashion

Braxton Miller had 'successful' check-up visit

Raptors signing Carroll is shrewdest move of free agency


Report: Los Angeles Clippers will sign Paul Pierce

With Kevin Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Aldridge crosses Lakers off list, did not mesh well with Kobe

Jerry Dipoto officially steps down as Angels GM

Report: Rajon Rondo wants 'all of' Kings' $10M cap space

Reports: Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson returning to Cavs

David West explains why he opted out of Pacers contract

Warriors, Draymond Green agree to 5-year, $85 million deal

Twins call up top prospect Miguel Sano

Robert Griffin III speaks at UN to advocate for protecting oceans

Cavaliers re-sign Iman Shumpert to four-year contract

Mike Green is joining the Red Wings on a three-year deal

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans until 2020

ESPN denies censoring Keith Olbermann commentary

The best and worst MLB players in the month of June

Report: Lakers didn’t make strong impression on Aldridge

Danny Green takes the Andre Iguodala path

DeSean Jackson rips Eagles in new reality TV show

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Under the radar NBA free agents

Michael Sam, boyfriend broke up?

Mickelson linked to money laundering?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.