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Bell a longshot to sign with Steelers


The Steelers finally hosted a free agent Friday, but fans shouldn’t get too excited about Bills left tackle Demetrius Bell.
That is nothing against Bell, who has played well –- or at least well enough -– when he has been healthy enough to get on the field. It’s just that signing him probably isn’t realistic.
It is not considered an exceptional year for offensive tackles in free agency or the draft. That increases the value of a player like Bell, who has been been injury prone but is only 27 with plenty of upside.
Demand for Bell only increased Friday when the Eagles announced that Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon, an injury that figures to sideline him for at least the first half of the 2012 season.
Bell, according to multiple reports out of Philadelphia, will visit the Eagles this weekend.
One thing the Steelers have going for them if they are indeed serious about signing Bell: Sean Kugler coached the fourth-year veteran for two seasons in Buffalo. The Steelers’ offensive linemen love playing for Kugler, and it’s logical to assume that Bell has similar feelings.
Of course money probably trumps all, and the Steelers are limited as to what they can do there. There is also a question of what the Steelers can offer Bell as far as opportunity.
The Steelers are moving Marcus Gilbrt to left tackle, which they see as his more natural position, and Willie Colon returns at right tackle. The X-factor with Colon is he has played one game since 2009 because of injuries. Plus Steelers never completely squelch talk of Colon moving to guard.
A surplus at offensive tackle would be a nice problem for coach Mike Tomlin to have. But it’s hard to imagine Bell giving the Steelers the kind of break Jerricho Cotchery did last year when he signed for the veteran’s minimum despite having more lucrative offers from several other teams.
Bell, a seventh-round pick in 2008, is in a position to cash in, and this may be his best chance at a big payday. That makes him a longshot, at best, to sign with the Steelers.

— Scott Brown



  1. Imp'n'Arn says:

    If anyone knows why James Harrison is called “Deebo” or what that means, please post here.

  2. EddieDean says:

    A huge motivating factor for any NFL player, is the possibility of playing in a SuperBowl ! The Steelers are Playoff Contenders year end and year out, and that is a Primary Reason for Demetrius Bell to want to play for Pittsburgh. If the choice is between a non contender and the Steelers., the choice will be to sign with the Steelers. The phrase, “I would give a million dollars to play in a SuperBowl”, just may come true for Demetrius.

  3. Gino says:

    Debo is the mean, nasty, 6,5 270 pound bricked out neighborhood bully in the movie Friday starring ice cube and Chris tucker.

  4. Steve says:

    James Harrison is called Deebo after the character in the Friday movies. Deebo is this big bald dude with a nasty disposition who intimidates everybody.

  5. jason says:

    Imp’n’Arn Deebo was the name of a neighborhood bully who was a real badass in the movie “Friday”. Everyone just tried to stay outta this dudes way. Deebo was crazy and strong, but not the smartest. Thats why I prefer Harrison’s other nickname Silverback. I’m looking fwd to seeing Harrison smash ppl again this season. He should be 100% with the back now and I know he’s working harder than anyone else right now in true Silverback fashion. GO STEELERS!!!

  6. David says:

    25 and 43 are great on the field together and healthy. Everyone thinks that by turning 30 you all of a sudden can’t compete, are you kidding me, that’s when skills, experience, and leadership really start to meld together, instincts takes over thinking , experience takes over the mental mistakes, yeah 30 ain’t twenty, but you are wiser and know what not to do…..

  7. Bob says:

    Bell is on his way to Philadelphia for a visit tonight…The Eagles need a left tackle much more than the Steelers do—-and they have a lot more $$$ available…

  8. Subconsciously, I must really hate the Steelers options at tackle since I got all excited about the possibility of their signing someone whose name I had never heard of who played on a team with a very mediocre record the past 10 years. What does that say about the tackles currently on the roster?

  9. Michael says:

    Debo is the neighborhood bully from the movie “Friday”.

  10. David says:

    Deebo, is the ” sub-conscious ” Roger Goodell, saying, ” damn, wish Icould play like Harrison, ” maybe thats why I take my frustrations out on him, maybe my fining him “hard ” could make up for my lack of physicalities skilzzzz.

  11. james says:

    that means we are going after poe in the draft!! or someone on defense, what do you think?

  12. Mike Kuhn says:

    I can’t believe the Steelers still have Jonathan Scott on their roster. Anyone would be an upgrade over him.

  13. cosmo says:

    where do the steelers come up with the cap space to even make an offer to Bell. Philly may be desperate enough to make an offer he can’t refuse.

  14. David says:

    I can’t believe the Saints organization is going to let the coaches turn them into a circus, just take your punishment and deal with it, again, as you did throughout this investigation, you are still trying to lie your way out of a situation you yourselves have only to blame…. the owner needs to step up, and tell sean to shut up,

  15. james says:


    do you think we ought to trade deebo?

  16. Scott P says:

    If max starks is healthy, he is a much better option than Bell. I would to see him at ER and Colon at guard.

  17. Imp'n'Arn says:

    Okay, so is that it? His team mates call James Harrison “Debo” because of a movie character? I have to admit that I haven’t seen the movie. But I really want to know about the nickname. Is that it?

  18. Imp'n'Arn says:

    Well, to be relevant to this post, I say again that if the Steelers commit to the run and have BBen throw timing plays and get rid of the ball then I think that the O-line will magically improve without major personnel changes. The problem is not the O-line people so much as the O-line philosophy.

    But, is that the explanation for “Deebo”? Really?

  19. David says:

    I don’t know who we have on the roster who can fill his shoes at thus point. So the answer would be no, you can sweep the floor but you can’t clean the cabinets….

  20. Brent says:

    Yeah deebo is from friday and is a bad dude. The name is really fitting for harrison and he does kind of look like a shorter version of deebo from the movie.

  21. james says:

    with that said, than who should we draft in the 1st round? offense or defense?

  22. David says:

    We def need to tune our ears to the oline, that is undoubtedly the fan base consensus. Max Starks would be one to bring back, we def need leadership on that line and Starks brings that…

  23. Frank says:

    Check the movie out (Friday ) you will love debo,and you wil see why they call James DEBO

  24. Carl says:

    Really says something to me if our “big” FA signing were to be Bell. Don’t we already have enough injury-prone OLinemen as it is??

  25. David says:

    Carl, I agree.

  26. naland says:

    Debo was playing halfstrength until late last yr. His age is Not
    Accurate because he was underused early. I see him coming out of the blocks FAST with Woodley hopefully not having hiss early season doldrum, i we get donta hightower, the four lbs will be right back as the best in biz.
    If we can get colon back to form (BIG IF) then OG is where we gotta go,
    And i really think redman, dwyer and even clay can do what needs to be done to let haley turn the passing game loose, tg! No more BA!!

  27. naland says:

    And Big WES was really rooked, but Tomlin and the Rooneys know this and he will come out in game five and prove What he was, STEAL- 1ST/2ND round pick as free agent

  28. Roy says:

    Deebo says thank you for all the ringing endorsements

  29. james says:

    we should trade mike wallace and our 1st with san frans patrick willis and their 1st, may be we throw in deebo, what do you think?

  30. Tag says:

    First it was the very under achieving/talented Jonathan Scott, then last year they brought in Merideth. It is evident that Sean Kugler likes to bring in the lineman he worked with in Buffalo. It’s also evident that the Bills were noncompetitive during his tenure there. QUIT WASTING TIME WITH FORMER BUFFALO LINEMAN.

  31. David says:

    Trade James Harrison! Are you serious, he is Now the Heart of that defense….

  32. Imp'n'Arn says:

    Thanks for the Debo info. I’ll check it out.

    The Steelers will draft a bunch of players not on anyone’s radar, like they always do, and some of them will turn out to be real gems–like they always do.

    My favorite part, though, is when they sign undrafted free agents after the draft. The Steelers excel at finding talent there. I’d like to see modern-era stats of the teams who have had the most undrafted players actually playing in games. Steelers have to be at or near the top.

  33. james says:

    i hate to say it but its true, deebo is well over his 30s, look by next year we may have to cut him or his salary, with some value why not trade deebo? and get something for him? you would trade deebo for patrick willis?? come on he is a beast, he would great in black n gold!!! now that would give us some youth in our linebacker corps, which would allow us to focus on our off/def lines, what do you think?

  34. Rick says:

    First, I am glad Bell will not be a Steeler – we don’t need any more injury prone, no matter how “gifted”, O-line.
    And we have youth in our LB corps, just need them in the rotation more – meaning they have learned the system and can play properly, not just talented.
    And maybe this coming season the focus won’t be on “Deebo”, but on teams the ivory tower wants to watch for bounty issues. Man what a mess. I doubt Harrison is too old to play.
    Geez, players do retire, and they do leave to injury, and they do get traded. But come on. We don’t need to clean house. The Steeler way has worked for quite a while now.
    If our current O-line is healthy it is just fine. So what we need to focus on is keeping them healthy. And a couple new ones to train up.

  35. james says:


    would you agree that the steelers could use decastro on offense, and poe on defense? instead of signing injury prone freeagents?? but in order to secure players like these, we need to be aggressive in the draft, might have to make trades….to save cap monies….so we can sign these probowlers for the next forever!!! i agree with you, the steeler way works, so why not pursue these players that will stabilize both off/def lines for next 12years…we could also trade mendafumble to new england for late 1st pick….what do you think??

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