Yeremiah Bell pondering retirement, reportedly offered 1-yr deal to return to Arizona Cardinals

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The veteran safety probably is done playing.

Free agent safety Yeremiah Bell, who played last season for the Arizona Cardinals is reportedly thinking about ending his NFL career.

According to reporter and radio host Mike Jurecki, Bell is likely to retire, but a separate report by ESPN's Josh Weinfuss says that Bell  has not yet made up his mind.

Jurecki also reported that Arizona had offered him a deal to return for a season.

Bell, who played one season for Arizona, had 77 tackles, a sack and two interceptions in 2013.

He started all 16 games and played almost every snap on defense. He also played significantly on special teams. He is, though, 36 years old.

The team wants to upgrade at safety, but did not sign anyone in free agency. All signs point to the team drafting a safety, likely early, in next month's NFL Draft. However, with a young core of players at the position (Rashad Johnson being the only veteran), Bell's presence would not be a bad thing. People will debate whether he should play.

The team likely wants him back to be able to start should a younger player not be ready. He would also provide veteran leadership. His return would not likely do much to solve the problem the team had covering opposing tight ends, but he would provide steady production in other ways.

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