The Eagles admitted to perhaps their worst miscalculation of the 2012 offseason on Monday when the team released offensive tackle Demetress Bell. Bell, who was a serviceable player in Buffalo, was a complete disaster after signing with the Eagles last spring to help replace All-Pro Jason Peters. Peters missed the entire 2012 season after twice rupturing his Achilles.
The decision to cut Bell, who was due a $1 million base salary and an absurd $8.5 million contract bonus in 2013, was a no-brainer. At the time of the signing, many believed the contract was essentially a one-year deal even if Bell had played adequate football. He did not play adequate football as he appeared in nine games, starting five, and ultimately failing to outplay the mediocre King Dunlap.
The move, which could be the many voided contracts and restructured deals, frees $9.5 million in cap space without any penalty for the team moving forward.
Peters, for his part, is expected to be ready for the 2013 season. He’ll be a sight for sore eyes.