Originally entered the NFL when he was selected in the sixth round (213th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. Released by the Dolphins on 8/31/03 before re-signing to the practice squad on 9/2/03. Signed futures contract with Miami on 12/30/03 and re-signed with the Dolphins on 4/23/07 as a restricted free agent. Re-signed on 3/4/08 (one-year deal) and 2/27/09 (four-year deal) as an unrestricted free agent. Released by Miami on 3/20/12 and signed a one-year contract with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent on 5/21/12. Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on 3/13/13 as an unrestricted free agent.
2012: Started all 16 games he appeared in during his only season with the Jets and recorded 103 tackles, a sack, four passes defensed and a career-high three fumble recoveries … marked his fifth consecutive season appearing in all 16 games and surpassing 100 tackles … reached 80 consecutive games played and 57 consecutive starts … became only safety in the NFL with a sack in each of the last five seasons … recovered C.J. Spiller fumbles in the first and last games of the season … made a big impact in his Jets debut, recording four tackles, a pass defensed and a fumble recovery in the season opener vs. Buf (9/9); recovered a fumble by RB C.J. Spiller in the second quarter and returned it eight yards before pitching to LaRon Landry, who ran it another nine yards; recovery led to a Jets FG and a 27-7 lead on the ensuing possession just before halftime … registered a season-high 10 tackles the following week @ Pit (9/16) … recorded a team-high nine tackles vs. Ind (10/14) … totaled five tackles and recovered his second fumble of the season against his former team vs. Mia (10/28); jumped on a fumble by RB Reggie Bush in the third quarter … recorded six tackles, two tackles for loss and a pass defensed in the win @ StL (11/18) … registered six tackles, a sack and a special teams tackle @ Ten (12/17); fourth quarter sack of QB Jake Locker made him the only safety in the NFL with at least one sack in each of the last five seasons; special teams tackle was the 25th of his career and his first since the 2006 season … finished with three tackles and established a new career high with his third fumble recovery of the season @ Buf (12/30); recovered a C.J. Spiller fumble on the opening play of the second half, giving the Jets the ball at the Buffalo 15-yard line.
2011: Started all 16 games for the third time in four seasons and finished with a team-high 107 tackles, an INT, four passes defensed, two sacks and a fumble recovery ... marked the fourth straight season that he led the team in stops ... alongside Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby (who each recorded 103 tackles), it marked the first time in Dolphin history three players had 100 or more tackles in the same season ... led the team in tackles four times and finished second seven times ... finished second on the team with nine tackles in the season opener vs. NE (9/12) ... led the team with nine tackles vs. Hou (9/18) ... tied for the team lead with six tackles and added one pass defensed @ Cle (9/25) ... finished with a career-high 14 tackles @ SD (10/2) ... recorded seven tackles and his first sack of the season vs. Den (10/23); sack came when he took down Tim Tebow for an eight-yard loss in the second quarter ... recorded four tackles, an INT and two passes defensed vs. Buf (11/20), picking off a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass and returning it 20 yards to the Bills four-yard line in the second quarter; INT led to a Miami TD and 28-3 lead on the ensuing possession ... finished second on the team with seven tackles vs. Phi (12/11) ... recorded 12 tackles and a sack @ NE (12/24); sack came when he took down Tom Brady for a six-yard loss on 3rd-n-8 in the first quarter, to force a punt; marked second game that season with at least 12 tackles.
2010: Started all 16 games for the second time in his career, while marking the fifth time in seven seasons he appeared in all 16 games … finished the season with a team-high 101 stops … added an INT, 1.5 sacks, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... led the Dolphins in tackles seven times and finished second three times ... tied for the team lead with eight stops @ Buf (9/12) ... led the team with a season-high 12 tackles @ Min (9/19) ... again led the team with nine tackles vs. NYJ (9/26), while also blocking a 61-yard FGA by Nick Folk; marked the first blocked kick of his career and the first blocked FG by a Dolphin since Jason Taylor blocked a 50-yard attempt by Baltimore's Matt Stover on Dec. 12, 2007 ... recorded six tackles, a half sack and a forced fumble vs. Pit (10/24), combining with Cameron Wake to take down Ben Roethlisberger for an eight-yard loss in the first quarter; on the sack, Bell was credited with a forced fumble, which was recovered by Miami ... totaled nine tackles and added two passes defensed @ Cin (10/31) ... tied for the team lead with eight tackles and added a sack and forced fumble vs. Ten (11/14); sack of Vince Young came in third quarter for a nine-yard loss and forced a Young fumble; fumble was recovered by Randy Starks at the Titans' 13-yard line, and the turnover resulted in a Dolphins TD and 20-10 lead two plays later ... totaled three tackles and two takeaways @ Oak (11/28); takeaways came on back-to-back series in the second quarter; first takeaway came when he picked off a Bruce Gradkowski pass and returned it 21 yards; second takeaway came on the next Raider series when he recovered a fumble by FB Marcel Reece … led the team with nine tackles vs. Buf (12/19).
2009: Appeared in all 16 games for the second consecutive season and the fourth time in five seasons, while making 15 starts … earned his first career Pro Bowl nod … for the second straight season, led the Dolphins in tackles (113), pulled in a career-high three INTs and added 1.5 sacks and added nine passes defensed ... led the team in tackles 10 times … finished second on the team with eight tackles and added one pass defensed in the season opener @ Atl (9/13) ... tied for the team lead with seven tackles @ SD (9/27) ... led the Dolphins with eight tackles vs. Buf (10/4) ... tied for the team lead with nine tackles vs. NO (10/25), including a career-high 1.5 sacks; took down Drew Brees for a six-yard loss and also shared a four-yard sack with Randy Starks; his 1.5 sacks made him the all-time Dolphin leader in sacks among DBs, breaking his tie with Liffort Hobley ... tied for the team lead with nine tackles @ NE (11/8) ... led the team with seven tackles and had one pass defensed @ Jax (12/13); pass defensed came on a key 4th-n-3 play on the Miami 45-yard line with 8:01 left in the game to help preserve the Dolphins 14-10 lead ... recorded five tackles and an INT vs. Hou (12/27), picking off a Matt Schaub pass in the third quarter and returning it 29 yards; marked his second INT on the season, a new career high ... tied for the team lead with six tackles and added his second INT in as many games in the season finale vs. Pit (1/3/10); marked the first time in his career he posted INTs in back-to-back games; INT output for the final two games of the ’09 season matched his total for his first 76 career games.
2008: Started all 16 games at SS for the first time in his career and also started the team’s Wild Card matchup … led the team and established a career high with 120 tackles, while adding a sack, 10 passes defensed, a fumble recovery and a career-high three forced fumbles … appeared in his first game since the 2007 season opener and made an immediate impact in the start vs. NYJ (9/7), tying for the team lead with 10 tackles and adding a forced fumble … in the first win of the season, led the team with 10 tackles @ NE (9/21) ... led the team with six tackles and also recorded two passes defensed vs. SD (10/5) ... registered a season-high 12 tackles, a pass defensed and a fumble recovery @ Hou (10/21); marked third time in first five games that he recorded double-digit tackles ... recorded eight tackles and a forced fumble vs. Bal (10/19); forced a Willis McGahee fumble at the Miami five-yard line in the fourth quarter that stopped a Baltimore scoring threat … finished with five tackles and his second forced fumble in as many weeks vs. Buf (10/26); forced a fumble in the fourth quarter that stopped a Buffalo scoring threat, maintaining the Dolphins 25-16 lead; marked the third straight Buffalo drive that ended with a fumble … led the team with seven tackles and three passes defensed in a victory @ Den (11/2) ... registered a team high nine tackles and had one pass defensed vs. Sea (11/9); broke up a pass for a two-point conversion with 3:03 left in the game to help secure the Dolphins 21-19 win ... in the rematch vs. NE (11/23), led the team with nine tackles while adding a fourth quarter sack of Matt Cassel; marked his sixth career sack as a Dolphin, tying him with Liffort Hobley for the most sacks by a Dolphin DB in team history ... led the team with nine tackles and added a pass defensed @ KC (12/21) … in the regular season finale @ NYJ (12/28), finished with seven tackles and added two passes defensed as the Dolphins secured the AFC East Division title ... made his playoff debut in a starting role in AFC Wild Card matchup vs. Bal (1/4/09) and had three tackles and one pass defensed.
2007: Started the season opener @ Was (9/9) and registered five tackles before sustaining a ruptured left achilles tendon, which ended his season … placed on injured reserve (achilles) on 9/11.
2006: Appeared in all 16 games for the second straight season, with 11 starts … totaled 65 tackles, two sacks, a career-high 12 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … also added five tackles and a forced fumble on special teams … registered his first sack of the season vs. Buf (9/17) when he took down J.P. Losman on third down in the second quarter; added three tackles, a pass defensed and two special teams tackles … recorded two tackles, two special teams tackles and forced a fumble on punt coverage in the third quarter @ NE (10/8) … made the first start of his NFL career @ NYJ (10/15) as the Dolphins opened with six DBs … two games later, opened at SS in the Dolphins 31-13 win @ Chi (11/5), recording five tackles, two passes defensed and a forced fumble; on the first series of the second half, stripped the ball from Justin Gage following a 17-yard reception, with the loose ball being recovered by Miami, who scored a TD three plays later … posted nine stops and a season-best three passes defensed in a 13-10 win vs. KC (11/12), as the Dolphins held the Chiefs to just 185 net passing yards … recorded a then-career high 12 tackles in a 24-20 vs. Min (11/19); also knocked down a pass and recovered a Chester Taylor fumble at the Dolphins 30 in the fourth quarter … in a 21-0 win vs. NE (12/10), posted a team-high nine tackles, including a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery, all on the same play; the play came in the fourth quarter and he recovered the fumble at the Dolphins 39, leading to a three-yard TD run by Sammy Morris eight plays later.
2005: Played in all 16 games for the first time in his career and registered 21 tackles, three sacks, an INT, four passes defensed, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble … his three sacks tied the single-season franchise record for a DB, tying Nate Jones (2008) Jerry Wilson (1999) and Liffort Hobley (1990) … finished second on the team with a career-high 14 special teams tackles, while also recovering a fumble … posted the first sack of his NFL career @ TB (10/16) when he took down Chris Simms for a 14-yard loss in the fourth quarter … recorded his second career sack when he took down Aaron Brooks for a 26-yard loss on third down in the second quarter @ NO (10/30) … recovered his first career fumble when he jumped on a muffed punt at the Falcons 14-yard line in the second quarter vs. Atl (11/6); recovery led to a Dolphins FG on the ensuing possession … recorded two tackles on defense and pulled in the first INT of his career when he stepped in front of a Tom Brady pass in the fourth quarter vs. NE (11/13); Dolphins scored a TD on the ensuing possession and took a 16-15 lead following the INT … recorded a season-high five tackles in a win @ SD (12/11) and made his biggest play of the year; with the Dolphins holding a 20-14 lead with just over two minutes to play, stripped the ball from Drew Brees, which was recovered by the Dolphins; Miami went on to kick a FG seven plays later which proved to be the deciding points in the 23-21 victory … had a tackle, a pass defensed, two special teams tackles and was credited with a fumble recovery on an errant snap from FG formation vs. NYJ (12/18); also knocked down a Brooks Bollinger pass attempt on 4th-n-5 from the Dolphins 14-yard line with less than a minute to play, preserving Miami’s 24-20 victory.
2004: Appeared in 13 games and collected five tackles, a pass defensed and five special teams tackles on the season … made his NFL debut in the season opener vs. Ten (9/11) … sustained a right distal fibula fracture @ Den (12/12) and was placed on injured reserve on 12/13.
2003: Spent the first four weeks of the season on the practice squad before being placed on the practice squad injured reserve list (foot) on 10/7.
Three-year letterman at Eastern Kentucky (1999-2001) who missed his senior season (2002) after sustaining a knee injury … appeared in 32 games during his career and recorded 258 tackles, nine INTs, four fumble recoveries, seven forced fumbles, 31 passes defensed and three blocked kicks … returned one of his nine INTs for a TD … as a junior in 2001, earned first-team Division I-AA All-America honors from the Associated Press and the American Football Coaches Association after starting 10 games and leading the team with 86 tackles and six INTs … also added three tackles for loss, a sack, 15 passes defensed, a fumble recovery and two forced fumbles … finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which is given to I-AA football’s top defensive player … also named first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference, OVC Defensive Player of the Year and made the EKU Winners Club on both defense and special teams … as a sophomore in 2000, led the team with 110 tackles and added two INTs and a fumble recovery … selected by the coaching staff as the team’s Defensive MVP … won the 1999 team award for Defensive Back of the Year as a freshman in 1999.
Attended George Rogers Clark (Winchester, KY) High School where he was a three-year letterman in football as a DB and WR … also lettered in basketball and baseball … Physical Education major.