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The 2012 season is officially in the books following a dramatic, entertaining Super Bowl 47 with the Ravens topping the 49ers for their second Vince Lombardi Trophy. This means the NFL offseason is officially upon us as the Eagles are under a new regime with Chip Kelly leading the way as Eagles new head coach. And he has made his first decision.
On Wednesday the Eagles signed DE/LB Chris McCoy to a three year deal and to make room for McCoy they released OT Demetress Bell after just one season.
The 6-3 261lbs McCoy spent two years in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders registered 29 tackles and five sacks. The 26 year old was drafted in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins spending his rookie season the Dolphins, Seahawks, and Texans practice squads. Some notable former CFL stars who had success in the NFL are Dolphins Cameron Wake, Eagles DE Phillip Hunt, Colts LB Jerrell Freeman, Pro Bowl Seahawks CB Brandon Browner, and Ravens LB Brandon Ayanbadejo.
And with all the speculation what type of defense the Eagles will play in 2013, this move makes it a little clearer. All reports have been saying that Kelly wants to switch the Eagles scheme to a 3-4 scheme and with this signing it seems he is trying to provide depth and camp bodies to fit what he wants to do.
And on the other side it was an easy decision for the Eagles brass to cut ties from the free agent bust, Demetress Bell after a disappointing 2012 campaign. The Eagles felt they found a diamond in the rough after they lost All Pro LT Jason Peters for the season after tearing his achillies twice last offseason that Bell would be that stop gap to jump in and play as great as when Peters left. But he lost his starting job in Training Camp to King Dunlap and appeared in nine games, starting five in 2012. To addition to his horrendous play on the field, Bell was due $10 million including a $8.5 signing bonus in April after signing a five year $34.5 million contract in 2012 making this a no brainer that they had to move on.