Still looking help along what was a patchwork offensive line for much of the 2011 season, the Washington Redskins met with free agent tackle Demetrius Bell on Friday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

Selected out of Northwestern State of Louisiana in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, Bell has spent his entire four-year career with the Buffalo Bills. He didn’t play a game as a rookie, but then started all eight games he appeared in during the 2009 season.

Bell started all 16 games in 2010, but a shoulder injury limited him to just seven games in 2011 with all of his action coming at left tackle.

The 6-foot-5, 311-pound Bell is the first offensive lineman known to visit Redskins Park this week. The Redskins also have interest in former Houston Texan Eric Winston, but he has yet to visit team headquarters.

Right tackle is a need position for Washington after Jammal Brown has been hobbled by a surgically repaired hip in each of the last two season, and unable to play a full campaign his first two years with the team. The Redskins also seek help at left guard, where Kory Lichtensteiger is coming off of surgery to repair torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral.

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