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Packers next to host Demetrius Bell

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Former Bills tackle Demetrius Bell is the No. 2-rated unrestricted free agent left unsigned on the PFT Hot 100. He’s a 28-year-old, starting-caliber left tackle who’s been unlucky when it comes to avoiding the injury bug.

But Packers G.M. Ted Thompson knows a potential bargain when he sees one, and Bell fits the bill. Per Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 in Buffalo, Bell will be visiting Green Bay later this week.

As a Packer, Bell could provide competition at left tackle if the team cuts the cord on longtime starter Chad Clifton. Clifton turns 36 this offseason, is owed nearly $6 million in salary and bonuses, and underwent back surgery in February.

Clifton’s likely successor is expected to be Marshall Newhouse, but he’s had his fare share of problems in past spot starts. At least based on talent alone, Bell would be an upgrade on Newhouse.

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33 Responses to “Packers next to host Demetrius Bell”
  1. moonischasinme says: Mar 26, 2012 5:23 PM

    So the Pack, Bills and Skins want him. gee. I wonder who he will pick!?!

  2. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 26, 2012 5:23 PM

    What happened to “Mr. Ted Thompson builds a team through the draft, which is the only way to do it”? All of a sudden, he’s plugging holes with free agents. Didn’t he hear about the extra draft picks he just got?

  3. mushroomcloudlayin says: Mar 26, 2012 5:29 PM

    I think Sherrod is considered the heir apparent, and Newhouse is thought of as a fallback. Although Sherrod’s status does hinge on his recovery from the broken leg he sustained towards the end of last year.

  4. cush2push says: Mar 26, 2012 5:30 PM

    As a bills fan any team who signs bell will be very happy if he can stay healthy

  5. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 26, 2012 5:35 PM

    take it from a bills fan..hes not that good. if he was we wouldn’t be letting him go check out all these teams. he’s an average tackle who cannot stay healthy

  6. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Mar 26, 2012 5:35 PM

    Starting caliber LT under 30 with injury concerns who the Bills let walk as a free agent, sounds like Jonas Jennings all over again.

  7. i, flounder says: Mar 26, 2012 5:45 PM

    much like karl malone, teams don’t seem to want bell.

  8. asarabi says: Mar 26, 2012 5:47 PM

    whey aren’t the Bills trying to resign this guy? He seems to be a pretty good player and won’t demand a huge k.

  9. dv5454 says: Mar 26, 2012 5:54 PM

    Newhouse plays well against average talent. When he faces an above average to elite talent, his technique sags and he tries to rely on physical ability, something that doesn’t work in his favor.

  10. empireredd says: Mar 26, 2012 5:55 PM

    Bell is Karl Malones son,just putting that out there

  11. txbearmeat says: Mar 26, 2012 6:05 PM

    I’m all for bringing in Bell if he’s cheap, but Newhouse wasn’t terrible last year. He wasn’t great, but he didn’t flat out suck. For a 2nd year player drafted in the 5th round, coming from a school that routinely played inferior competition (TCU) he did better than expected.

    Throw onto that Sherrod, who got drafted #32 overall just last April for a reason. He should be ready to compete by about mid season, and I think you’ve got a solid, if unspectacular group of LT’s. Of course, Bell would be good insurance.

    LT TBD, Land, Saturday, Sitton, Bulaga. That’s a solid starting 5. Best in the NFCN by far!

    Keep it up TT!

  12. axespray says: Mar 26, 2012 6:10 PM

    let Sherrod’s leg heal up on the pup list, have marshall as a back up, let clifton retire so he isn’t completely banged up like some former players, get depth, sounds like a plan.

  13. MedCityBob says: Mar 26, 2012 6:17 PM

    Ted Thompson signing Two (2) Free Agents ! !
    Is the World coming to an end ? ? ?

  14. machester52 says: Mar 26, 2012 6:21 PM

    Yessir.

  15. jimmysee says: Mar 26, 2012 6:27 PM

    Bell is used to playing in cold weather.

    And in front of loyal fans!

    Go! Pack! Go!

  16. bozosforall says: Mar 26, 2012 6:33 PM

    Based on the picture, Bell looks like he is getting ready to be a Packee.

  17. thepvyharvin says: Mar 26, 2012 6:39 PM

    The Bills offered Bell league minimum for a reason. Not really that good. A perfect fit for our cherubic foes across the river,,,

  18. zonedogz says: Mar 26, 2012 6:48 PM

    At 6’5″ and 307lbs entering the prime of his career his career body of work is lacking. Someone will undoubtedly offer him a lot more money than what the Bills have offered him and believe they can unlock his potential and blame the “injury bug” for his track record. Hopefully they won’t find someone who is under motivated and doesn’t play with any heart for all the money he’s about to cash in on.

  19. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 26, 2012 6:55 PM

    Bell will be great for a 2 or 3 game stretch, then a hangnail will sideline him for 4 or 5 games. Word of warning to the Pack- a couple years back the Bills played the Vikings and Jared Allen made him look silly. Truly one of the worst games I’ve ever seen a LT play.

  20. buffalotears says: Mar 26, 2012 6:59 PM

    It is literally impossible to say what kind of talent Bell has. He looked terrible in training camp last year, but seemed to pick up his play once the season started. And once again he gets hurt. He hasn’t been on the field long enough to determine if he has what it takes to be a starter.

  21. cmstrick says: Mar 26, 2012 7:25 PM

    I like it!

  22. mindcrime401 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:30 PM

    Bell was a 7th round project when the Bills drafted him in ’08. He still plays like he’s a project player if and when he’s healthy. Let GB have him. That’s Reilly Reiff’s spot in Buffalo anyhow.

  23. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 26, 2012 7:31 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Mar 26, 2012 5:23 PM
    What happened to “Mr. Ted Thompson builds a team through the draft, which is the only way to do it”? All of a sudden, he’s plugging holes with free agents. Didn’t he hear about the extra draft picks he just got?

    __________

    Your just jealous. The rich get richer! You get nothing.

  24. hscorpio says: Mar 26, 2012 7:40 PM

    MedCityBob says: Mar 26, 2012 6:17 PM

    Ted Thompson signing Two (2) Free Agents ! !
    Is the World coming to an end ? ? ?
    ============================

    Jeff Saturday and Daniel Muir so far.

    Interest in Anthony Hargrove and Manny Lawson, in addition to Bell.

    It’s weird, isn’t it?

  25. farvite says: Mar 26, 2012 7:48 PM

    This can’t bode well for Derek Sherrod!

  26. emperorzero says: Mar 26, 2012 7:55 PM

    Sherrod looked lost last year and signing Bell would be good insurance, plus added depth since Bulaga has missed a few games as well – assuming Bell could play some RT as well.

  27. bagadeez04 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:04 PM

    Sherrod looked like a rookie is what he looked like. He is the true heir apparent at LT but the injury might have screwed that up.

    If Bell can be had for cheap it’s worth a shot to bring him in and see what he can do.

  28. textexington says: Mar 26, 2012 8:10 PM

    The Packers are going to win Superbowl XLVII!!! The rest of you clowns might as well forfeit. Go Pack Go!!!

  29. thepvyharvin says: Mar 26, 2012 9:10 PM

    textexington ,,,crack kills! Put down the pipe son!!!

  30. shaggytoodle says: Mar 26, 2012 11:27 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Mar 26, 2012 5:23 PM

    What happened to “Mr. Ted Thompson builds a team through the draft, which is the only way to do it”? All of a sudden, he’s plugging holes with free agents. Didn’t he hear about the extra draft picks he just got?
    _________________________

    Yes he does build a team through the draft for the long term but when you have the team built and need to address a few spots like pass-rush and adding depth to the Oline. To help get them back to the Superbowl

  31. gobills716 says: Mar 27, 2012 2:12 AM

    The Bills did offer him a contract but he didn’t accept it because I would assume it was embarrassingly low. The Cardinals met with him but opted to resign the guy they released a couple days earlier, and the Redskins didn’t see enough in him to sign him. If I had to speculate, I would guess he’s not a starting caliber LT, probably just a career backup.

  32. truthserum4u says: Mar 27, 2012 3:58 AM

    Thank you Ted Thompson for signing some free agents and looking at others! Now people can stop using you as an excuse as to why their teams shouldn’t pursue free agents – “The Packers don’t sign free agents; they build through the draft”.

    Yes, build through the draft and add to the talent base through free agency when appropriate. Teams should always be looking to improve and find talent any way they can. Clearly in the past Thompson didn’t like what he saw on the market compared to what he already had on his roster.

  33. oldresorter says: Mar 27, 2012 8:29 AM

    Sure seems like Teddy is setting the table for a move up in the draft by adding depth in both lines with possible Bell and Hargrove, as well as Muir and a starting center in Saturday. I wonder if a potential move up is for a safety, DL, corner, or ROLB? In my opinion, we have had the most trouble finding OLB players from the scrap heap, and have not done real well when drafting DL high, so I’d prefer an OLB, but it is almost impossible to predict what TT has in mind, whatever it is, I know it is well thought out.

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