5. The Philadelphia Eagles give Demetress Bell, a tackle, a five-year, $34.5 million purse in 2012.
Prior to the start of the 2012 season, the Eagles lost starting left tackle Jason Peters after tearing his Achilles during an offseason workout. In a desperate move, the team signed former Buffalo Bills left tackle Demetress Bell to a lengthy five-year deal worth a total of $34.5 million.
Bell, like much of the 2012 Eagles season, was a disaster. While his signing made initial sense, considering the Eagles didn’t have a de facto starter in place of the injured All-Pro, Bell was never deserving or worthy of his price tag. Keep in mind the fact that he had started for a Bills team that failed to win more than six games from 2009 through 2011.
Bell’s addition in Philly never proved to make any sense as he’d lose his job to former seventh-round selection King Dunlap less than halfway through the 2012 season. The cost to acquire Bell, however, was mitigated by Roseman’s typically shrewd maneuvering, frontloading the guaranteed portion of his contract in his first season, and Bell cost the Eagles several million for just five total starts in his lone season in Philly.