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Demetrius Bell to Take Official Visit This Week

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Demetrius Bell to Take Official Visit This Week

While it had been speculated that free agent offensive tackle Demetrius Bell visited the Green Bay Packers sometime over the last two weeks, it appears that Bell's official visit to Green Bay will take place in the coming days.

According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers "were expected to host" Bell this week, although no specific day was given.

Bell, a former seventh-round pick with 30 starts at left tackle for the Buffalo Bills over the last three seasons, has taken official visits to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins since free agency begun. He has left each visit without a contract agreement.

While an athletic and ideally sized (6-5, 311 lbs.) offensive tackle, Bell has missed 17 games over the last three seasons with various injuries. His injury history has likely scared away teams from investing the kind of money and years Bell is probably looking for.

If signed, Bell could provide the Packers depth and competition at both tackle positions in 2012.

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Maze's picture

Since we need a player with red streaks in his hair...

Zub's picture

2 months ago I would have been all for bringing in this guy if a reasonable contract could be worked out, even if the price was high. 2 months ago we did not have a center, Sherod was more than likely to start out on the PUP list, and Chad Clifton was undergoing surgery. At that time I said the biggest issue facing the Packers was the offensiveline, not defense.

Positive signs have been reported on Sherod's recovery & he maybe available for training camp & the start of the season.

IMO an offensive line can be effective with 4 quality starters with one position being weak, but can not be effective with 2 weak positions. The signing of Jeff Sat gives the Packers some breathing room.

Combination of Sherod, Newhouse, and Clifton maybe good enough to get through next season at a high level, again the signing of Jeff Sat. makes this posible. 2 weak positions on the offensiveline spells problems.

Yet if Bell can be signed below Clifton's contract, Bell's youth & upside maybe too good for the Packers to pass up given Chad's health & contract.

The key here is Sherod's health & what kind of contract the Pack can work out with Bell.

Point Packer's picture

I just want to see the guy with a big yellow streak in his hair.

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