Joe Buscaglia reports that OT Demetrius Bell is scheduled to meet with the Green Bay Packers later this week. Buscaglia adds that he’s already visited with the Redskins and Cardinals thus far.
Previous reports have mentioned that they Bills do have a offer on the table for Bell, but it’s apparently not good enough to prevent him from looking elsewhere.
The Packers could use some additional help on their offensive line but it would certainly be surprising to see them sign one the of the best available offensive tackles in this years free agent market. They’ve already added Jeff Saturday and are reportedly close to signing DT Anthony Hargrove, which is really of lot of activity for a team that has been mainly built through the draft.
We have him listed as the #11 best available free agent in our recently updated Top 50 Free Agents list.
“Just based on things I’ve been hearing — unless Bell’s market dries up (which I don’t think it will) — I think the chances are greater he is wearing a different team’s uniform in 2012,” Buscaglia writes.
Buffalo has been pretty active in this year’s free agent market, but their big additions have been to their defensive line. Many believe that the Bills will address the offensive tackle position in this year’s draft, and Iowa’s Riley Reiff figures to be available to them at #10 overall. (2012 NFL Mock Draft)
As for Bell, he’ll eventually find a new home, as he’s the best available player at a premium position. Speculative options may include the the Dolphins, Jets, Bears and Redskins.