After visiting Eagles, Bell is still a free agent

Posted: April 01, 2012

He came, he saw, he left without a contract.

Demetrius Bell was still a free agent when he departed Philadelphia after visiting with the Eagles over the weekend.

The left tackle has met with four teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, and Green Bay Packers, since the start of free agency last month.

But he remains on the market even though the Eagles were scrambling to find a starting left tackle after Jason Peters suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon last week.

It was unclear exactly why a deal wasn't struck Sunday, although one source close to the situation said that Bell was impressed with what saw and heard during his stay at the NovaCare Complex.

The Eagles have other options to fill their void.

They could pursue one of several other free agents still available - Marcus McNeill and Kareem McKenzie are the most attractive. They could try to find one in the draft, although there aren't many plug-and-play tackles in the field, according to many experts.

Or they can look to their own roster, where moving Todd Herremans from right tackle, sliding right guard Danny Watkins over, or promoting tackle King Dunlap are options.

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