According to agent Drew Rosenhaus (via the Sun Sentinel), former Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell will decide on which team to sign with in the next 24 hours. The Philadelphia Eagles are apparently in the Bell sweepstakes.
The Eagles are one of four teams in which Bell is considering, according to Rosenhaus. The Jets, Chiefs and Titans are the other three.
The Eagles have an inside track with Bell as his former defensive backs coach, Todd Bowles, is now in Philadelphia. Bowles is largely credited with Bell’s development as a player but the Eagles may not be the best situation for him, if he’s looking to start.
Not that the Eagles couldn’t use some help in this area, but it does appear that Andy Reid is more than willing to go with Kurt Coleman or Jaiquawn Jarrett as strong safety.
Because of that, I’d be mildly surprised if Bell chooses the Eagles. He may have a better chance at being a sure-fire starter with the Chiefs or Titans rather than being a possible starter in Philly.
However, if he chooses Philly, I think it would be a solid signing. Bell offers experience and leadership and understands what Bowles wants from his safeties.
Furthermore, the only way he chooses Philly would be if he were told he would be the starter. As long as the signing wouldn’t upset the applecart or ruin the good mojo amongst the team, I’d be okay with it.
The only downside would be the further delay in development of the young guys.