(UPDATED) Buffalo Bills free agent tackle Demetress Bell will be reunited with his former mentor, Jason Peters, in Philadelphia. Bell has agreed to terms with the Eagles, the team announced. The move was precipitated by the recent injury to Peters, who tore his Achilles tendon in a workout in Texas, where he lives. Peters probably is out for the season.
Bell's departure from the Bills has been expected since the end of the regular season. The Bills made an offer to Bell to return to the team. But it was apparent the Bills were not going to make a big commitment to him, and Bell looked to the free-agent market for a better opportunity. Bell missed big parts of two of the last three seasons due to injury. His season was limited to eight games in 2009 due to a torn knee ligament. He played all 16 games in 2010. He was limited to six starts and seven games overall due to a shoulder injury in 2011. When he played last season, he performed pretty well.
Bell got a five-year contract from the Eagles. He had visitied Washington, Arizona and Pittsburgh and also had drawn interest from Green Bay.
Bell used the signing as an opportunity to correct the spelling of his first name. He went by Demetrius all his life. But according to the Eagles, he recently needed his birth certificate and found that his legal name was Demetress.