Eagles Release Free-Agent Bust Demetress Bell; Sign Chris McCoy
The Philadelphia Eagles signed DE/LB Chris McCoy to a three-year contract and released tackle Demetress Bell - who was a colossal free agent bust. Bell signed to a five-year, $34.5 million contract last April, but only Bell's $3.25 million 2012 salary was guaranteed.
Bell was penciled in as the starter at left tackle to replace Jason Peters, but was soundly defeated by King Dunlap for the Eagles' starting job last summer and was a healthy scratch in Week one, and appeared in just nine games.
McCoy (6-3, 261) is coming off of a two-year stint (2011-12) with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders, where he registered 29 tackles and five sacks. He was originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft and spent his rookie season on the practice squads of the Dolphins, Seahawks and Texans. He then signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 offseason, but was released prior to the season opener.
McCoy, 26, is a native of Valla Rica, GA and played collegiately at Middle Tennessee State, where he was the Sun Belt Co-Defensive Player of the year in 2009. Overall, he played in 45 games with the Blue Raiders and compiled 107 tackles and 11 sacks.