The Bell will continue to toll in Miami for four more years.
ProFootballTalk is reporting that the Dolphins have re-signed Yeremiah Bell to a 4 year deal worth $20 million - including $10 million in guaranteed money.
The Miami Herald adds to this report something we speculated on earlier - that Bell was told he will remain the starting strong safety. That means Gibril Wilson - who the Dolphins signed earlier today - will move to the free safety position, a position Wilson played when he was a NY Giant.
The NFL Network's Adam Schefter also is reporting that Bell will remain the team's strong safety while Wilson will move to free safety.
This makes a lot of sense when you think about it, though 4 years might be a little long for my taste. However, Bell looks like he keeps in great shape and, while he's been around a while, he really doesn't have too many "snaps" on his body - at least compared to the typical 30 year old safety.
This move means the Dolphins will likely let Renaldo Hill walk. And now the Dolphins could quite possibly have the hardest-hitting safety duo in the NFL. Without a doubt, they've already upgraded their secondary - and that's even with there still being a void at cornerback.
Of course, you can't help but wonder if all these moves mean that Miami might not be aggressive players in the Jason Brown sweepstakes that will kick off tonight. But I will say this - this front office has done an amazing job filling holes prior to the draft, allowing the Dolphins to have a lot of flexibility come draft day in April.
And yet again - this is further proof that new owner Stephen Ross is 100% behind the team and won't financially restrict Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland.