Jacob Bell (St. Louis)

It would be an extremely tough sell for <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000161" title="Baltimore Ravens" href="/topic/sports/football/baltimore-ravens-ORSPT000161.topic">Ravens</a> fans to see a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVSPR000032" title="NFL Pro Bowl" href="/topic/sports/football/nfl-pro-bowl-EVSPR000032.topic">Pro Bowl</a> left guard replaced by a member of last year's <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000059" title="St. Louis Rams" href="/topic/sports/football/st.-louis-rams-ORSPT000059.topic">Rams</a> offensive line, which allowed young quarterback <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT00008883" title="Sam Bradford" href="/topic/sports/football/sam-bradford-PESPT00008883.topic">Sam Bradford</a> to be knocked around on a weekly basis. However, Bell, 31, has had some solid seasons during his eight-year NFL career, even though last year clearly wasn't one of them. His <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HOC792" title="ESPN" href="/topic/sports/espn-HOC792.topic">ESPN</a> Insider scouting report says that his quickness and athleticism make him a much better fit in zone blocking schemes, which the Ravens employ. He probably would be a better fit as a veteran backup at this point of his career. Bell reportedly will visit with the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000037" title="Cincinnati Bengals" href="/topic/sports/football/cincinnati-bengals-ORSPT000037.topic">Cincinnati Bengals</a>.

( Getty photo / November 6, 2011 )

It would be an extremely tough sell for Ravens fans to see a Pro Bowl left guard replaced by a member of last year's Rams offensive line, which allowed young quarterback Sam Bradford to be knocked around on a weekly basis. However, Bell, 31, has had some solid seasons during his eight-year NFL career, even though last year clearly wasn't one of them. His ESPN Insider scouting report says that his quickness and athleticism make him a much better fit in zone blocking schemes, which the Ravens employ. He probably would be a better fit as a veteran backup at this point of his career. Bell reportedly will visit with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Jeff Zrebiec has been with The Sun since 2000 and covered the Orioles from 2005 through 2011. A New Jersey native, he was a 2001 graduate of Loyola University in Baltimore. He also has covered University of Maryland basketball and college lacrosse during his time with The Sun.

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