ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -Offensive lineman Demetrius Bell, the first of the Bills' three seventh-round picks and estranged son of former NBA star Karl Malone, signed with Buffalo on Tuesday.
Selected 219th overall out of Louisiana's Northwestern State in the draft in April, Bell started 22 consecutive games over his final two college seasons. He is considered a work-in-progress with the Bills after he got a late start in football.
The Bills also announced they have released rookie fullback Mike Viti, who signed with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Army in April.
Bell, listed at 6-foot-5 and 303 pounds, first played basketball at Northwestern before switching to football in August 2005. The Bills drafted him on the belief that Bell can gradually develop at the NFL level.
Bell has had very little contact with his father and was raised by his mother, Gloria Williams. Malone was a teenager when Bell was born. Bell was 18 when he first contacted his father, but Malone rebuffed his son's attempt to reach out to him.
Bell is the fourth of Buffalo's 10 draft picks to sign with the team before the start of training camp on July 25.

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail NFL Week 3 Player Props What Prop Bets should you consider for Week 3 of the NFL Season? Here’s a few we think will hit today.
Thumbnail Raiders vs. Titans Prediction Will the Raiders and Titans matchup today at 1:00PM ET be a high-scoring affair or will the combined score fall under for bettors?
NFL Week 3 Odds and Betting Trends 9/25/16
Sunday, 25 September 2016
Thumbnail NFL Week 3 Betting Trends What are the top trends for Week 3 of the NFL Season? Get a breakdown of the trends that stick out most for...
Thumbnail Redskins vs. Giants Prediction Are the Giants a safe bet to beat and cover against the Redskins today when the NFC East rivals clash at 1:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Broncos vs. Bengals Prediction Will the Bengals hand the Broncos their first loss of the season when the two teams square off at 1:00PM ET on Sunday?
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages