The Green Bay Packers added some solid depth to their offensive line by signing tackle/guard Byron Bell on Wednesday.
Bell played a backup role with the Dallas Cowboys in 2017, playing in 12 games and starting two. He missed all of 2016 with a foot injury, but was a full-time starter prior to that. Bell started 16 games for the Titans in 2015. He played his first four seasons for the Carolina Panthers, starting 56 games total.
The Packers actually showed interest in Bell last offseason.
Here’s the word the Packers love when it comes to offensive lineman. Bell is versatile. He can play both tackle positions and both guard positions.
It is most likely the Packers are looking at Bell as a backup swing tackle. That essentially means they’re looking at him as a replacement for Bryan Bulaga when he inevitably gets injured.
It’s possible they could also throw Bell into the mix to start at right guard. Although, we still believe Justin McCray has the inside track for that job.
This could be a valuable under the radar signing for the Packers. There are always injuries on the offensive line and having capable guys to plug those holes can’t be underrated.
General manager Brian Gutekunst continues to work. Just last week he signed former Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis.