“This is home for me, this is all I know,’’ said Bell, who just completed his fourth season in Buffalo. “I would definitely love to be back here but it depends how everything will work out. … I’m just waiting on them to talk to me, no one has said anything to me so I really don’t know.’’
Bell missed Sunday’s season finale at New England with a torn meniscus and said he had surgery last Wednesday. The 6-foot-5, 311-pound Bell said he will be close to 100 percent recovered from the injury in the next 2-3 weeks.
If he proves to be healthy, it could be an interesting ride through free agency for Bell. A starting left tackle on the open market can generate between $6-7 million annually but the knock on Bell is his health. He’s played a full 16-game slate just once so he could fetch something closer to $4-5 million a year. Also, the Bills like rookie Chris Hairston who started seven games at left tackle.
The 2011 season was injury plagued to say the least for Bell. He started the first four games of the season before suffering a shoulder injury at Cincinnati which sidelined him for the next eight games.
He returned to the lineup at San Diego where he rotated at left tackle with Hairston. Bell started against Miami and Denver but was missed the season finale at New England with the knee injury.
“”Being a free agent is always a good thing,’’ Bell said. “You quickly learn who all loves you and how much they love you.’’
In the meantime, Bell is going to return to his offseason home in Louisiana and wait.
“I’m going to fish and hunt every day, enjoy my family and see how everything falls out,’’ he said.
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