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Demetrius Bell leaves Philly without a contract

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The Eagles’ search for a new tackle continues.

Free-agent Demetrius Bell, who spent his first four seasons with the Bills, has left Philly without a contract, according to Derrick Gunn of

Bell has drawn interest from several teams, including the Steelers, Redskins, Cardinals, and Packers.  The fact that he hasn’t signed suggests that his price is too damn high.

Injuries limited Bell to seven games in 2011.  He started 16 games in 2010 and eight in 2009.  Bell appeared in no games during his rookie season.

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43 Responses to “Demetrius Bell leaves Philly without a contract”
  1. laeaglefan says: Apr 1, 2012 9:30 PM

    No sweat…..they still have King Dunlap.

  2. zor9999 says: Apr 1, 2012 9:31 PM

    Doesn’t Buffalo have a deal on the table for him that he believes is too low? Maybe this is their plan – to let him test the waters to prove he is asking too much.

  3. mikeygbillsohard says: Apr 1, 2012 9:32 PM

    has he realized buffalo is the place for him?

  4. staffordsyear says: Apr 1, 2012 9:35 PM

    Sweet! a story not related to the saints!

  5. therealhook says: Apr 1, 2012 9:35 PM

    Please sign in Philly. I’ll owe ya one!

  6. steelybills says: Apr 1, 2012 9:35 PM

    Re-sign with the Bills!…you just don’t want to admit that the best offer on the table is in Buffalo!

  7. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 1, 2012 9:36 PM

    Doesn’t mean anything…. they also want to look into McNeill. Trent Edwards left his first time without a contract too.

  8. eaglesfan247 says: Apr 1, 2012 9:37 PM

    I’m still pissed about Peters..

  9. armeniandelight4 says: Apr 1, 2012 9:45 PM

    Well, I guess this means that Reid wants to go after an OT in the first round…again…*sigh.* Before they do that, I hope they give Marcus McNeill a look; he is a tremendous player when healthy.

  10. mybrunoblog says: Apr 1, 2012 9:45 PM

    He left Philly without a contract but while out clubbing he was lucky enough to catch some crabs from some local Philly talent………..
    April’s fools!

  11. vikescry1 says: Apr 1, 2012 9:46 PM

    dude wants to be paid like a Ferrari, yet drives like a Renault Alliance. Breaks down like one too.

  12. aoc57 says: Apr 1, 2012 9:49 PM

    Sign with Washington.

  13. zonedogz says: Apr 1, 2012 9:50 PM

    He better sign before the draft or he’ll find his price tag slashed by the influx of incoming rookies who will do the same job at much less $$$$.

  14. duece8 says: Apr 1, 2012 9:54 PM

    Sounds like he is just an average or below average player trying to get a big pay day due to the lack of right tackles available in free agency as of now! I mean he was a 7th round pluck and didn’t even see the field his rookie year, and he seems injury prone! He is a back up rt ! Wanting starting pay!

  15. truthassassin says: Apr 1, 2012 9:55 PM

    If I were Philly I would probably rather overpay for this guy than spend a top draft pick on a LT… but, maybe they have a better plan

  16. dawglb says: Apr 1, 2012 9:56 PM

    Perfect example of a player and agent trying to take advantage of a team with an injury. Birds don’t need you. See how fun it is playing for the Redskins, Buddy.

  17. duece8 says: Apr 1, 2012 9:58 PM

    Maybe he thinks he deserves the pay cuz he is Karl Malones “the mailmans” denied son…..drop ur price and come to the skins and be a back up! we need the depth son!

  18. majbobby says: Apr 1, 2012 9:58 PM

    Just should sign back with buffalo. Not gonna get more than an incentive laden contract until he can prove he can finish a season Healthy.

  19. george1859 says: Apr 1, 2012 9:59 PM

    Come back to Buffalo dude, and help us out…

  20. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Apr 1, 2012 10:00 PM

    How many free meals is this guy gonna get? He has visited almost every team. Pick a team already. HTTR!!

  21. bigbadal21 says: Apr 1, 2012 10:05 PM

    What makes you think his price is too high? He is doing no different than what Peyton did. He’s checking out all his options before he decides.

  22. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 1, 2012 10:06 PM

    Well he’s a good fit. We need to go ahead and move asante’s cap number so we can take care of this issue. Fact is, any OT agents that are negotiating with the Eagles right now know that they have the upper hand from the get-go.

  23. astrosfan75956 says: Apr 1, 2012 10:08 PM

    As a cowboys fan I hope the Eagles give him a huge contract and he plays all 6-8 games this season as his career average would suggest.

  24. i10east says: Apr 1, 2012 10:09 PM

    The Bell leaves Philly? Oh no, not the Liberty Bell! Please say that isn’t so! So much histor……..oh, my bad.

  25. wizwix says: Apr 1, 2012 10:11 PM

    What are the odds this guy is still hurt and not just holding out for more money? I’m sure he would have found a suitor after visiting so many cities if he weren’t still hurt. Teams can’t report if he fails their physical due to HIPAA laws. Maybe we’ll never know. Unless Demetrius tells us…

    D-Bell, you still hurt, buddy?

  26. ttommytom says: Apr 1, 2012 10:22 PM

    Talk about a rock and a hard place. Do I want to live in Philadelphia, or Buffalo or Philly or SCREAM…

  27. catquick says: Apr 1, 2012 10:31 PM

    He tore his knee up 2 yrs ago, and last yr had a severe problem with his left shoulder. A LT with a left shoulder problem is pretty much a cripple. He can’t reach out and push a speed rusher away. Are you sure you want him in Philly? In Buffalo, he knows he’s second string to Chris Hairston, a behemoth who is coming on strong. I also think that Michael Jasper, the 500 lb. lineman they took from tiny Bethel college with the 7th pick last yr, has been on the practice squad as a LT. He’s lost 125 lbs at last report. He may be the guy. When at 500, he could reverse dunk a basketball. I know a few guys well over six foot who can’t reverse dunk a basketball, and they’re in good athletic shape. This guy must be a spectacular athelete for the Bills to have kept him around, and use a 7th rd pick on him. Stevie Johnson was a 7th, as was Jason Peters and Bell. Maybe the Bills know something we don’t. I heard he was down to 375 at the end of the regular season. He could be down to 325 by now. If he is, maybe the Bills don’t need an LT in the draft, and don’t need Bell, but want to keep him for depth.

  28. cluelessdufus says: Apr 1, 2012 10:35 PM

    Bell seems he is waiting to see the best offer and see who will let him start

  29. tolan04 says: Apr 1, 2012 11:11 PM

    “Demetrius Bell resigns with Buffalo”

  30. billsfan1 says: Apr 1, 2012 11:19 PM

    As a cowboys fan I hope the Eagles give him a huge contract and he plays all 6-8 games this season as his career average would suggest

    ** what is the matter? dont you want him protecting Tony Romo’s blind side when he throws another int in a big game?

  31. mrslay1 says: Apr 1, 2012 11:37 PM

    I guess he wants to go somewhere where he might win. Certainly not filthydelphia.

  32. duncanthecat says: Apr 2, 2012 12:21 AM

    The OT’s left are in the driver’s seat.

    I think Philly, Steelers and Packers are going to have to overpay these guys in a big way.

    These teams are stacked with high priced players and even if they win this year, they will have to dismantle to some degree.

    Particularly disasterous for Philly who did not project to have to spend booko dollars on a marginal solution when their D is full of holes and depth issues. If they stay pat and play KD atleast they know his issue is speed rushers and can compensate with overloading that side. Curious to see how the newly signed Guard who is historically a journeyman plays now that he has been paid. It’s possible that the OL which last year was considered a strength unravels.

    I would spend that 15th pick on the best available OL, and pray that injuries are not in the cards.

  33. geo1113 says: Apr 2, 2012 12:37 AM

    eaglesnoles05 says:
    Apr 1, 2012 10:06 PM
    Well he’s a good fit. We need to go ahead and move asante’s cap number so we can take care of this issue. Fact is, any OT agents that are negotiating with the Eagles right now know that they have the upper hand from the get-go.


    The Eagles are not going to hand out a long-term, high-dollar contract to Bell. Herremanns was just extended (and not moving back to guard because Watkins and Mathis will hold down those spots) and Bell is not going to replace Peters after this season.

    As for OT having the upper hand, that is true, and will bring someone like McNeill a little more cash for a one-year contract.

  34. cannonballdookie says: Apr 2, 2012 1:05 AM

    Would be nice to see Pittsburgh spring for a free agent and sign him. He would be a good fit, but it’s not like their plans would be ruined if he were to get injured again since they have two OK starters at the tackle positions.

  35. exhibits5 says: Apr 2, 2012 5:56 AM

    there are some excellent OT prospects in this year’s. NFL draft. Riley reiff. would be a excellent pick. for. the eagles. coach. Andy. Reed. type. of player.!!!!!!!!!!

  36. jiggy3198 says: Apr 2, 2012 7:06 AM

    Just wait him out and when he is not signed by august his price will drastically drop and they can get him for a song and a prayer

  37. markpfs says: Apr 2, 2012 7:31 AM

    Da Bell is a starting LT in the NFL. He is big and very athletic. What he is not is healthy. The Bills had to baby him through the games he did play in an effort to keep him healthy. I bet the hang up is the teams are low balling him but offering heavy incentives for staying healthy.

  38. cowboyhater says: Apr 2, 2012 8:13 AM

    dawglb says: Apr 1, 2012 9:56 PM

    Perfect example of a player and agent trying to take advantage of a team with an injury. Birds don’t need you. See how fun it is playing for the Redskins, Buddy.


    Oh eagle fan. Another pop shot at the skins. How original. Have fun sharing the cellar with us this year. It will be nice to have some company.

  39. bigman1115 says: Apr 2, 2012 8:42 AM

    Let’s go redskins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. EJ says: Apr 2, 2012 9:19 AM

    Bell is asking much more than the Bills offered him, thats why Buddy Nix let him test the waters of Free Agency. Bell’s best bet would be to sign a 1/yr deal for decent money, prove he can stay healthy and pray that he gets that shot at a long term big money deal. Maybe he should have taken Buffalo’s offer, at least he knows his competition in Chris Hairiston.

    Bell might want to look at another Agent to rep him, with all the LT needs throughout the NFL my son could have gotten him a good deal… and he is 9 years old.

  41. uwsptke says: Apr 2, 2012 9:48 AM

    I think Green Bay’s interest is the same level as they had in Langford. They called to express interest, and didn’t schedule a visit when they found out the price tag. As much as I’d like to see him here to compete for the LT position, I don’t see why he would when there are at least two other teams with playoff aspirations (Buffalo & Philly) that can promise him the LT job outright. He would have to compete with Clifton, Newhouse, and possibly Sherrod (if healthy) in Green Bay. Even if they cut Clifton if Bell was signed, he’s not going to handed anything because of his injury history.

    His price will have to come down eventually, but he’d be wise to sign before some of those teams satisfy their needs in the draft.

  42. xxxfixxxerxxx says: Apr 2, 2012 10:19 AM

    This kid’s history with his POS father makes me root for him and I hope he gets paid, but him and his agent are overvaluing his worth, no matter how much potential this kid has (started playing organized football in 2005)

    He’s an above average player with room to grow but the injuries will prevent that big pay day. Even with Peters going down, he isn’t getting what they think they deserve.

    I hope the Bills can re-sign him and enter the draft with one less thing to worry about.

  43. joshmac982 says: Apr 2, 2012 11:34 AM

    Bell reminds me a lot of Jonas Jennings from 2001-2004. A solid, not spectacular option at LT, who just gets injured too much to feel real good about holding down a very important position. I think Buffalo would still like to have him back, but I also think they might be thinking that waiting until after the draft might be their best option. If they can get a player they feel is an upgrade over Bell at what would be a lower cost (with the new rookie wage scale) than his long term deal, then they’re better off.

    I’d like to see them keep him so they can focus on adding a Corner, Wide Receiver or another LB, but I also understand if they are looking for a better option than what he has given them,

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