The Eagles moved quickly to sign left tackle Demetress Bell after left tackle Jason Peters suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, but they say Peters’ injury isn’t the only reason they wanted Bell.
In fact, Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman told the Philadelphia Daily News that Bell was the free agent they most coveted even before they found out they had likely lost Peters for the entire 2012 season.
“[E]very day, I go over our draft board and our free-agent board. For us, at the top of our free-agent board, is Bell,” Roseman said. “This is before we know anything about the injury.”
Roseman said the Eagles tried to sign Bell early in free agency, but that Bell’s agent told Roseman the Eagles were a bad fit because Bell wanted to be a starter and the Eagles didn’t have a place for him in the starting lineup.
Then Peters got hurt, the place for Bell in the starting lineup appeared, and soon after Bell was in Philadelphia.