MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 23: Defensive back Yeremiah Bell #37 of the Miami Dolphins complains over a roughness call against the Denver Broncos at Sun Life Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Bell, a former 6th round selection out of Eastern Kentucky has spent his entire NFL career with the Miami Dolphins.
In 8 years in the league he has 560 total tackles, 11 sacks, 43 pass defences, 6 interceptions and 9 forced fumbles. His best year came in 2009 when he was invited to the Pro Bowl after a 114 tackle, 3 interception season.
The numbers don't look too bad, however there is a reason that the Dolphins released Bell. According to pro football focus, Bell was rated as the 74th best safety out of 87 analysed. Quarterbacks had a 105.5 passer rating when throwing into his coverage. His cap number for 2012 was $6.2 million, so the Dolphins made the logical choice.
I've always thought of Bell as a decent tackler at the line who is a liability in coverage. He can be effective when coming on a safety blitz and wraps up players well. The problem is that he can't cover. I would say we should take a pass on this one.