Phoenix Cardinals linebacker Anthony Bell ended his 29-day training camp holdout today by agreeing to contract terms with the NFL team.
Details of the agreement were not disclosed, in keeping with club policy. but the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Bell was expected to be in uniform for this afternoon’s practice.
Bell, a first-round draft pick in 1986, missed all 26 days of camp in Flagstaff. He was seeking a two-year contract for about $800,000 per season.
Phoenix was offering a two-year deal with a starting salary of $500,000 this season--a $225,000 raise for Bell, who had a career-high 115 tackles in 1989 but no interceptions or fumble recoveries.
“Anthony has been a starter for four years. This will give us a big lift,” said Cardinals head coach Joe Bugel, whose team is 0-2 so far in preseason play. “Three weeks before the season opener, I think it’s perfect timing. One week or two weeks, you’re asking for problems.”
Bugel said Bell would be immediately placed in the starting lineup during drills, replacing Garth Jax.