The Dallas Cowboys formally signed veteran offensive tackle Byron Bell to a single year contract deal on Friday, March 24, 2017.
The financial terms of the said deal were not disclosed. The 28-year-old Byron Bell, who was originally signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2011 out of New Mexico, missed the entire 2016 NFL season after dislocating his ankle during an offseason practice while being with the Tennessee Titans. Bell started all 16 games for the franchise dating back in 2015 — seven of which at left guard, eight at right tackle and one at left tackle — after signing as a free agent.
On Friday, Byron Bell was in town for a visit, and he could be a potential replacement for recently retired right tackle Doug Free. The former spent the past couple of seasons with the Tennessee Titans but missed the entire NFL 2016 season due to a season-ending dislocated ankle.
Bell started his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers, signing with the American football team at the start of training camp. Bell played in all 16 regular games as a rookie with 12 starts at right tackle. Over the next three years, Bell started 47 of the 49 contests he played for Carolina Panthers, including starts in all three postseason games (2013 and 2014). While at the New Mexico, he played in 37 games with 36 starts — the final 24 at left tackle.
Over the course of his entire professional career in the National Football League, he has started 72 of the 78 games in which he has appeared. Bell is 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds, making him a big men who can compete for a starting job with the Dallas Cowboys.
The Dallas Cowboys already have a dominant offensive line with Tyron Smith at the left tackle, La’el Collins at left guard, Travis Frederick at center and Zack Martin at right guard. All the franchise need is a quality right tackle to keep the team among the NFL’s best.