Eagles release Demetress Bell, sign Chris McCoy

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The Philadelphia Eagles signed defensive end/linebacker Chris McCoy to an open roster spot after releasing offensive tackle Demetress Bell earlier on Wednesday.
Demetress Bell was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles from the Buffalo Bills to replace All Pro left tackle Jason Peters, who had torn his Achilles tendon. However, Demetress Bell failed to meet expectations on the field after signing a five-year, $35 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles last April. Demetress Bell lost his starting job in training camp and failed to adopt to Philadelphia Eagles offensive line coach Howard Mudd's scheme.
The five-year veteran Demetress Bell played just nine games, while starting five during the stretch when King Dunlap was injured. Demetress Bell gave up three sacks, nine quarterback hits as well as 21 quarterback hurries in the 2012 season. But the Philadelphia Eagles had no use for Demetress Bell after King Dunlap returned from the Achilles tendon injury as well as most of the offensive line (including Jason Peters, Jason Kelec and Todd Herremans) returned to full health.
The 28-year-old Demetress Bell had four years remaining on his contract and was due to earn $9.6 million next season. But the Philadelphia Eagles had financial flexibility to release Demetress Bell since only the first year of his contract comprised of bonuses and workout bonuses but no signing bonus, and only the first year of the deal was guaranteed.
The Philadelphia Eagles filled Demetress Bell’s empty roster spot by signing former Canadian Football league pass rusher Chris McCoy, who spent the last two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders. Chris McCoy registered 29 tackles and three sacks during that two year stint.
However, the 6-foot-3, 261 pounds Chris McCoy was originally drafted in the seventh –round out of Middle Tennesee State by the Miami Dolphins in the 2010 drafts. Chris McCoy spent time on the Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans practice squads before being released. The 26-year-old Chris McCoy signed over with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2010 offseason and played all preseason for the team. But Chris McCoy was again released before the 2011 regular season opener.
Philadelphia Eagles new head coach Chip Kelly’s interest in Chris McCoy is understandable considering McCoy is familiar with both 4-3 and 3-4 defensive schemes. The former Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly is expected to employ a defensive scheme that can accommodate both – even and odd number of linesmen in the front.
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