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Obviously with Jason Peters out of the fold for 2012 the Philadelphia Eagles were fortunate to land Demetrius Bell today. It’s being reported that the Eagles have signed him to a five-year deal.
It’s important to get out of the way immediately that Bell is not truly a replacement for Jason Peters. Peters was the best left tackle in football last year and Bell doesn’t even approach his level of talent or dominance.
That being said, this was a big signing that can’t really be overlooked based on the difference in ability.
Signing Bell is big in a few ways. The first is that Bell is a legitimate, experienced starting left tackle in the NFL. He suffered from collarbone, ankle and knee injuries last year, but he has started 30 games in his career.
Bringing on a player with his experience will help make the transition more seamless.
The second positive to draw from his signing is that he comes to the team with a full offseason to work with offensive line coa...