The signing of Tyrell Johnson was obviously a blow to fans' hopes that the Dolphins would re-sign veteran Yeremiah Bell. Last night agent Drew Rosenhaus made it seem as if that blow was a knockout punch.
Appearing on WSVN Ch. 7 for his weekly segment, Rosenhaus went as far as saying Bell definitively won't be back with Miami.
Rosenhaus went on to say Bell is drawing interest from the New York Jets, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. He was not specific to what degree that alleged interest rises.
When he was cut the Dolphins did not offer Bell a paycut. They did tell him, however, that they would be open to re-signing him later on. That interest was understood to be following the draft and if the team did not land anyone else to take his place.
Johnson, the message has apparently reached Bell, has taken his place.
The fact of the matter is the Dolphins are revamping the manner their safeties play. Both the free and strong safety will be considered interchangeable. They both will be asked to cover the tight end and protect the deep part of the field as a last line of defense.
Bell, exclusively a strong safety type, was not suited for that duty.
Bell played eight seasons for the Dolphins and was always a solid character guy to the point he was team captain last year. He led the team in tackle last year and had more than 100 tackles each of the past four seasons.