ProFootballTalk seems to think that the Eagles and Jets are among the finalists to land former Miami Pro Bowl safety Yeremiah Bell. On the surface, the addition of Bell makes sense. The Eagles are young at safety and have two third-year players, Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman, penciled in as starters.
The move makes even more sense when you consider that 2011 second-round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett has struggled. The Eagles knew Jarrett lacked elite speed when they selected the Temple product, but they felt his physical presence and heady play would be enough to offset such a lack of speed.
That’s yet to happen.
In fact, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane penned this little gem the other day about Jarrett’s progress.
I recently asked a defensive coach where the Temple product had issues he made a running motion with two fingers. Because Jarrett doesn’t have elite speed – or anywhere near it – he needs to make up for it by thinking one step ahead. And right now he’s a step behind.
That doesn’t sound like a particularly encouraging assessment of the second-year player.
Still, bringing in Yeremiah Bell makes no sense. Forget the connection with secondary coach Todd Bowles. Forget the Pro Bowles. Forget the veteran presence.
Why? Because Bell simply isn’t the same player he was a few years ago, and what’s more, he doesn’t provide an upgrade at the position.
Opposing quarterbacks racked up a 100.5 passer rating when targeting Bell last season. Additionally, Bell missed more tackles than any safety currently on the Eagles’ roster. Given this, you have to ask yourself why it makes sense to bring in a guy on the back end of his career that can’t provide an upgrade to the youth already here. Of course, there is no logical answer to such a question.
I don’t expect Bell to end up in Philadelphia. But if he does, the Eagles are making a mistake.