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Titans Agree to Terms with OL Byron Bell

Posted Mar 17, 2016

Titans agree to terms with offensive lineman Byron Bell.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As he wrapped up his fifth NFL season, offensive lineman Byron Bell looked back with a feeling of accomplishment.

He’d started all 16 games in his first year with the Titans, while playing three different positions.

“It was a new challenge, a new team,’’ Bell said. “I just tried to do whatever the team asked me to do.”

The Titans were clearly impressed.

The Titans and Bell on Thursday agreed to terms on a new, one-year contract.

Bell started seven games at left guard, eight games at right tackle and then started the final game of the season at left tackle in place of an injured Taylor Lewan. Bell, who played his first four NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers, has played in 78 career games, with 72 starts.

Bell was the only Titans offensive lineman to start all 16 games in 2015. For his career, he has 48 starts at right tackle, 16 at left tackle, seven at left guard and one at right guard

“Since I’ve been in the league, I have played four positions,’’ Bell said at the end of the season. “I am blessed to still be playing ball. I just want to be a guy who is dependable, and be a guy a team can count on.”

Bell will bring versatility to the offensive line in 2016, but it remains to be seen where he’ll play, and whether he’ll be a starter or a back-up. He’s expected to be in the mix for the job at right tackle at the start of the offseason.

Earlier this month, the Titans also signed former Texans center/guard Ben Jones in free agency.