It was evident Bell was likely not returning to The Big Easy after the Saints’ signing of safety Malcolm Jenkins, but his search for a new team took a bit longer than expected.
He now joins a new-look Bengals defense.
Bell’s run-defense will be missed, as he looks to fill the strong safety role next to Jessie Bates III up North.
Initial terms of the deal have been announced.
To save the time from reading the article, it’s a three-year, $18 million dollar deal. This amounts to less than what the Saints reportedly offered him.
Similar to Mark Ingram last year, Bell rejected an offer from the Saints, the Saints opted to then fill the hole via free agency, and then Bell was ultimately forced to accept a lower deal on the market elsewhere.