Philadelphia Eagles Sign Offensive Tackle Demetress Bell

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Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia Eagles signed free agent offensive tackle Demetress Bell to a five-year contract Wednesday to replace the injured Jason Peters. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

The 27-year-old Bell was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft out of Northwestern State. He started 30 games in four seasons with the Bills.

“Demetress was one of the top free agent offensive lineman available this year and we are happy to be able to add him to our squad,” Eagles head coach Andy Reid said in a statement. “We had a chance to meet him over the weekend and study him extensively on tape and we came away quite impressed with what we saw and heard. He’s a great athlete.”

In an ironic twist, Bell became a starter in Buffalo when the Bills dealt Peters to the Eagles in 2009.

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