Bell picks Philly

Posted by Darren Urban on April 4, 2012 – 9:29 am

The wait to see what tackle Demetress Bell (yes, Demetress; more on that in a minute) is over, now that he and the Eagles agreed to a five-year contract Wednesday morning. The Cardinals were among a handful of teams who had visited with Bell and were seeking his employ. The Eagles, however, lost starting stud tackle Jason Peters to a major Achilles injury last week and became both desperate and needy. I noted at the time it might have been the best thing that happened to Bell and now he ended up indeed signing with Philly (although many in Philly want to see the terms of the deal. It would seem logical that the Eagles will easily be able to get out of the contract after one season, since you’d think they expect Peters back at full strength by 2013.)

The Cards, meanwhile, move on. They still have options (I’ll have a post about it later) for the offensive line.

As for Bell’s name, it turns out it was never “Demetrius” but just misspelled that way. For some reason Bell and/or his representatives never made a point to fix that. The announcement with the Eagles apparently gave Bell the opening to let everyone know it was spelled “Demetress.” Odd.

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29 Responses to “Bell picks Philly”

  1. By Aaron on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Now that Bell is going to Phili, any word if the Cardinals are interested in anymore Tackles like Max Starks or Marcus McNeil ?

  2. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Aaron —

    RE: Tackles

    Have not talked to anyone yet. They may be looking draft now.

  3. By Chris on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    What type of altering in draft strategy do you think might develop from this Darren? I would expect that it wouldn’t alter much. It’s good going into the draft with the tackle positions decided on but I think the Cards can make moves and if they need to keep Levi at LT and slide personnel based on who gets drafted to fill slots, they can do that.

    Had to think Bell wasn’t going to happen. Just too many visits and it seemed like he wanted a lot of money. Someone quoted elsewhere a tweet that mentioned that depending how the numbers disseminate, that Bell might be getting paid top 10 LT money. Crazy if true with his durability issues.

  4. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Chris —

    RE: Draft

    Well, we are early enough in draft prep that I don’t know if anything was altered. But obviously tackle remains a big position of need.

  5. By Kofari on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Darren Is It Any Key OT’s Left On The Market Cards Interested In

  6. By D on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    I know you will discuss later today about the OLine, but my guess is that L. Brown will stay at Left tackle. The question will be is J. Bridges better at Right tackle than the broken down OT’s still on the free agent market…K. Mckenzie, M. Starks or M Mcneill. Either way, AZ needs to draft a right tackle in rounds 3 or 4 and we expect Coach Grimm to coach them up asap.

    Some names to consider in the draft: B. Massie, B. Mosely, T. Bergstrom

  7. By Matt in Philly on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    This would have been a nice signing for the Cards, considering that they do not have a starting-caliber Tackle on the right side (right?). That’s just not acceptable, and it really boxes them in to reaching for a tackle in the draft instead of a more talented player at a different position. The last time they drafted a tackle instead of the best player on the board was…Levi Brown instead of Adrian Peterson. Let’s hope we don’t make that mistake again.

  8. By carlo italy 7000 on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply


    i hope the options u mean are not in the roster now…

  9. By Erik M on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Damn now that Demetress signed with Philly is there any OT in Free Agency worth getting or are the Cards better of taking one in the draft ?

  10. By cheesebeef on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, can you tell who the Cardinals currently have at T that makes us less desperate and needy considering that the one T we have signed in Levi Brown has apparently played 8 solid continuous games over his entire career and garnered very little attraction on the FA market, evidenced by his relatively cheap contract for a premium position and the fact that there’s literally NO ONE manning the other T spot which was already horrific last year?


  11. By drstiegler on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    What happened to B. Keith? I know Grimm and Wolfley were stoked about this guy and his potential/intangibles. He didn’t play that poorly last year. What If he continues to improve? I hope this steers the draft more towards DeCastro with 13. Having him on our line will be a blessing for years to come. The only other player in the draft that might make more of an impact for our team IMO is M. Ingram. Adding him to the linebacking corps would make our defense one of the best in the league and we are garnering national attention and maybe a sick nickname for the front seven for years to come. Redbirds will be ripping heads off come September!!!

  12. By Rugbymuffin on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Same ol’ Cardinals.

  13. By Jeremiah on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    The Cards do have D.J. Young on the roster who was good in college. He is still young and could turn out to be pretty decent. Jeremy Bridges is still on the roster and he probably played better than Keith last year when he filled in for him. And they have Batiste though I doubt he is starting material even for the RT spot. Also though I’m not too sure how well he can play the position Snyder does have the ability to play RT apparently, but like I said not too sure how well. Bottom line the Cards might just grab a T somewhere in the middle rounds if the top 2 are gone by the 13th pick. Which would free them up for Floyd or DeCastro. Probably my 2 favorite picks for the 13th spot.

  14. By smack28 on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    I think the Cardinals should take a look at bringing in Jake Scott, Jacob Bell, or Eric Steinback to play RG on a one year deal. Then, plan to play Snyder at RT for now. Planning to draft for need is hardly a good thing. This group has been strong when sticking to their board, and I believe the first pick should be no exception. If they end up taking an OT in the first round because he is the best player available, then so be it. They can then gradually work that player into the starting role. If the best player available happens to be a WR or pass rusher, however, take that player. Then, pick up a need player in the 3rd or 4th round that can be developed to eventually play Right or Left Tackle – Bobby Massie from Mississippi, Mitchell Schwartz from California, or Nick Potter from Boise St. Your thoughts big D???

  15. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    smack28 —

    RE: OLine

    Will post something on the subject this afternoon.

  16. By Chris Hughes on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Guys I wanted Bell too, but if the numbers I’m hearing are correct there’s no way I shell out 35 million over 5 years that’s 5 million more than Levi. Smart move by not overpaying an Injury plagued player. I wanted him but that’s about double what he’s worth lol. Draft Decastro with the 13th pick move snyder to tackle sign BK for back up he will be cheap since there is no interest shown for him anywhere and play ball. Keep in mind bell was a 7th round pick I think we have a few after our 3rd rounder that we can spend trying to get an OT that is just as good.

  17. By Chris Hughes on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    and we will save about 30 million dollars lmao… wow philly they really got screwed!

  18. By clssylssy on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    …major disappointment! Back to the drawing board and hoping there is a backup plan…LOL! I agree with Terry Bradshaw, who once stated that he thought the mega million dollar salaries players were getting these days (without SB rings even) would be the downfall of the game, but, how does a team compete? Do we have a backup plan, and a backup for that too?

  19. By Soares20 on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Glad they didn’t overpay for Bell, but on that note we still need to fill the O line with a free agent on a one year contract. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Cards don’t reach for a tackle in the draft, using the draft for need and reaching for players is the worst way to build a team, deal with the O Line next season.

  20. By joe67 on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    If all that is true, glad they didn’t take him. From what I understand, way too much money. Things will work out.

  21. By Noah on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren, do you think the cards should get reiff in the draft (assuming Kalil and Decastro are gone) or look in the free agency?

  22. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Noah —

    RE: Draft

    Guess it would depend on who is there in the draft. Not much left in FA.

  23. By Eazy E on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Ouch! This hurts because we have NO LT and it is bad enough we brought Levi back, but he better not play LT again. New focus should be on McNeill. I don’t mind drafting one at 13 but it depends on who is there.

  24. By cards62 on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply


    If the Eagles are desperate and needy what does that make us after all these years of not having strong offensive lines?

    We knew at the end of last season we needed to improve our team especially at OT, LB, and WR. Now it is April 4th and what have we done?

    I always hope, but usually frustrated with our front office. Any one know what kind of shape Dan Dierdorf is in?

    Go Cards and here is to hoping we have a great draft.

  25. By kkfan on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    @ Chris,He no doubt got a nice signing bonus up front….and (knowing Banner) the contract is structured to give the Eagles an out if things don’t work out. No player ever sees all the money in their contracts (after their rookie contracts expire). The 5 yrs is only and insurance number for however long it takes Jason to recover and return to the field from his injury. Roger Mudd the best OL coach in the game will have Bell playing with the proper technique so that he doesn’t open himself up for future injuries. If he does stay injury free and Peters returns 100 % healthy than it gives the Eagles 2 options. 1) a great trade player 2) or great depth. It’s not often that the Eagles miss on their evaluation of a player they trade for. Ryans also had the same injury that Peters just suffered . He was back on the field after losing 1 season from his injury. So its not impossable to feel that the same can hold true for Jason. The Eagles also have a very good training staff. Players are often back on the field quicker than most are on other teams who suffer similar injuries. The Eagles brass aren’t stupid. If they thought this kid wasn’t worth the money they wouldn’t have offered it to him. And yes I am an Eagles fan. But also like the Cards. I do hope that the Cards land some very good players (especially for their OL) in this draft to help keep Kolb upright.

  26. By Matt in Philly on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    The more I look at the film and read about Michael Floyd the less I like him. He’s had several run-ins with the law, doesn’t have great quickness on the field, never seems to get separation from his defender, and played in a weaker division. Heck, Golden Tate put up far superior numbers to Floyd and was a second-round pick. Not sure what all the hype is around this kid.

  27. By Chris Hughes on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    @ KK, There’s no way Philly would have paid him that amount if peters didn’t go down. They had too he had them backed into a corner and they had to over pay him. He could turn out to be great but to Overpay a Injury plagued 7th rounder 1st round money is not the eagles way they were forced. If you say otherwise i disagree and we can leave it at that

  28. By Chris Hughes on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Also your correct on not paying him that full amount and having an out but I bet he got a pretty hefty guareentee on a good amount of it I’m guessing 15-18 mil….

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