The Eagles announced today that they have released OT Demetress Bell, shedding the team of one it's most ineffectual players and opening up over $9 million in space on the 2013 salary cap in the process.
Bell was signed late in the free agency period last year when the news surfaced that All Pro LT Jason Peters had torn his achilles tendon working on his own in Texas. The Eagles were forced to scramble for a replacement and settled on the former Buffalo Bill, who had had trouble staying healthy but had showed real promise at times.
Health didn't turn out to be the issue in Philadelphia as Bell seemed in over his head from day one and actually lost the starting job in camp to King Dunlap. When Bell did get his chance to play in the regular season, he continued to look in over his head.
Luckily for the Eagles, his contract was structured in such a way that if he flopped in year one, he could be released with no cap penalty. However, if he had played well and they decided to keep him, he would paid like a top LT. Obviously the latter was not the case and therefore Bell is gone.
Eagles release OT Demetress Bell
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