Well, it appears the Eagles have both their long-term and short-term solution at left tackle. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles have agreed to terms with free-agent left tackle Demetress Bell on a five-year, $35 million deal. Yes, apparently his name is spelled as such. The Eagles will introduce bell at a press conference set for tomorrow morning.
Bell will start in place of the injured Jason Peters who will almost certainly miss the entire 2012 season despite undergoing successful surgery on his ruptured achilles earlier this week.
It’s not yet clear if Peters will make a full recovery and it’s even less certain the he will be in the Eagles’ plans upon his return given the five-year deal with Bell. Time, Peters’ health, and Bell’s play will ultimately dictate that. It’s also possible the Eagles structured the deal in a way that can allow them to escape after the 2012 season.
The 27-year-old left Philadelphia last weekend without a contract, but that apparently didn’t leave the Eagles out of the race.
Multiple reports said Bell would visit with the Green Bay Packers at some point this week, but he took to Twitter this morning to debunk the rumors. Bell tweeted, “Where is this coming from?”
I guess there was good reason to ask, as Bell and his agent were in the midst of doing a deal that will make him the Eagles’ latest free-agent splash.
There will now be no need to address left tackle in the draft, so get your Luke Kuechly and Fletcher Cox pom-poms back out.