Free-agent tackle Bell visits Eagles

injured his right Achilles tendon last week and will be out six to nine months. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
injured his right Achilles tendon last week and will be out six to nine months. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer (Eagles left tackle Jason Peters)
Posted: April 01, 2012

The Eagles hosted free agent tackle Demetrius Bell on Saturday as they embarked on their search for a suitable replacement for the injured Jason Peters.

The 27-year-old Bell arrived in the evening at the NovaCare Complex, where he met with Eagles coach Andy Reid and others. Bell was in Pittsburgh the day before and has already visited with the Packers and Cardinals.

He was slated to stay overnight in Philly. If the Eagles are serious about signing Bell, they will do their best to keep him from leaving without a contract.

Because he has been unable to get a long-term deal so far, the Eagles may be able to get him to sign a one-year contract.

Bell has been injury-prone and played in only 30 games for the Buffalo Bills over the last three seasons.

But Peters is 30, and an Achilles tendon injury can sometimes be career-threatening. So the Eagles may have some desperation to get a proven starter on the roster.

They also reached out to free agent Marcus McNeill's agent, according to ProFootballtalk.com, but a visit has yet to be scheduled.


Contact staff writer Jeff McLane at jmclane@phillnews.com, 215-854-4745 or follow on Twitter @Jeff_McLane.

 

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