Eagles get left tackle help in Demetrius Bell

The Philadelphia Eagles signed King Dunlap last week when it was announced Jason Peters had suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, an injury that will likely sideline him for the 2012 season.

Today, they’ve added more help. The Eagles announced free agent Demetrius Bell has agreed to terms on a five-year contract, putting another player in the mix as they look to rebuild the offensive line.

“Demetrius was one of the top free agent offensive linemen available this year and we are happy to be able to add him to our squad,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

Bell, a former seventh-round draft pick by the Buffalo Bills, has been on the free-agent circuit, a sign that he hadn’t gotten the kind of offers he was seeking. But the Eagles’ need was escalated with the Peters’ injury and a deal was brokered.

Bell has made 30 starts at left tackle over the previous four seasons and he projects to be a better fit there than Dunlap, a career backup. But Bell, 27, has struggled to remain healthy at times so Philadelphia is smart to have some depth in place.

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