Lions claim Leshoure, Bell will have big roles

AP

Now that the Lions have added running back Reggie Bush, what should they do with Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell?

How about trade one of them?

How can the Lions trade someone that they don’t want, you ask?  That’s easy.  Pretend you still want them.

That’s precisely what the Lions could be doing, with Exhibit A being an item on the team’s official website in which the Lions claim that Leshoure and Bell will still have significant duties in the offense.

“People like to say running back by committee and things like that, but each guy will have a role,” coach Jim Schwartz recently said.   “There will be plenty of touches on the offense for everybody.”

That’s fine, but Bush surely didn’t choose the Lions because he wants to go back to being a bit player in a revolving-door backfield.  He reportedly was promised the starting job by the Lions, and the decision to pay him $4 million per year suggests that he won’t be a part-time tailback.

But if the Lions hope to get value for Leshoure or Bell, the Lions have to make the other 31 teams think they plan to keep them.

So, basically, the Lions have “no intent” to trade Leshoure or Bell.  And all that that implies.

25 responses to “Lions claim Leshoure, Bell will have big roles

  1. Strange take on the situation. Truth is, they’ll carry 4 backs like most teams. For whichever you cut (Bell or LeShoure), you’ll have to find their replacement.

  2. Well it is conceivable that they could have their 3 RBs for opening day to be Bush / Leshoure / Bell.

    They don’t have anybody else that is worth being a keeper and if they simply don’t draft a RB, then that’s the most convenient way to be set at that position. Plus they would have a UDFA or the other leftovers to compete during the preseason to maybe force a trade at that point if somebody can win a job.

    They have some low numbers on the DL right now, so I wouldn’t be shocked if they restrict from budgeting for any RB selection. It still would be tempting though if a guy like Kenjon Barner dropped really low, in which case they could flip Bell for a Punter.

  3. LeShoure and Bush would make a pretty ideal tandem for Detroit (if Mikel stays on the field). As for trading Joique Bell… I hope the Lions are prepared to get a 7th round pick and a bag of Fritos.

  4. They will throw to Bush and have Leshoure as the featured back with Bell spelling him. Leshoure is still their best true running back. It would be nice if they ran the ball a little more too and maybe played some defense so that they can be in position to use the running game more. Bell will also see some passes. I also imagine Leshoure and Bush will be on the field at the same time with Bush going out for passes and Leshoure staying back for pass protection or blocking like a fullback during running plays.

    They should keep them all and hopefully that signals a true commitment to the running game. Keep that defense rested and control the ball.

  5. Poor Reggie… you blew it. The Dolphins were the ONLY team that gave you a chance to be an every down back.

    You did okay (danced a bit much IMO) but did bring some excitment during your 2 years. Thanks. Now…. not only are you back to being “one of the guys” but stuck in Detroit to boot.

  6. I don’t think so.

    What would you get for Leshoure? MAYBE a 4th? You wouldn’t trade a 2nd round pick for a 4th rounder a year into his career (one year playing one year on IR)

    What would you get for Bell? A 6th or 7th?

    I think the Lions are serious and will keep all 3. The Lions know more than anyone that injuries happen. What if they trade Leshoure or Bell and Bush gets injured like Best did? Then they are down to 1 running back.

  7. @hehateme2 – Sorry, but I’d much rather be stuck in Detroit than Miami. The Lions are much closer to having a playoff team. You really think Jeff “I better save my job” Ireland put together a good team burning all of that cash so recklessly? I wouldn’t get overly arrogant just yet Miami.

  8. lol…sorry, mr writer. The Lions use (want to use) runners like they use their DTs. (want to use) It’s a rotation. A fresh man will always make the best of his opportunity. Each runner has a different skill set obviously. Each team has a different weakness…..Do the math.

  9. All of these guys have value on the Lions. Leshoure is a 2nd rounder who has only played for 1 year. Bell is a FA no one seemed to want but after showing flashes he has a chance to be a diamond in the rough that comes very cheap. There is no reason for the Lions to want to get rid of either of these guys and there’s no reason for any other team to give up anything for them

  10. If I’m Bush, I don’t want to be an every down back. It might raise his yearly salary, but it wears his body down and shortens his career. He could be the elite back of a “committee” and probably add 3-4 years of income to his bank account.

    Leshore is a mediocre RB only because he can’t hang on on the football. He figures that out and he could be very good.

  11. Obviously nobody has seen Leshoure run because of the 2 Bell is a MUCH better back!! Period. Ask any Lions Fan that actually watches them play every Sunday. 7th rd pick and fritos Yea u can keep ya pick and Bag.

  12. Why the hell would they trade either one? Cheap, young and complementary to Bush. This post is insane, Florio.

  13. I understand the business side of things, but I honestly think Bell and LeShoure will be valuable this year. After all, we haven’t had a consistently healthy runner since Barry Sanders – and that’s not even mentioning his offensive production. Maybe the Lions are learning from their mistakes – or maybe the leaders simply hope to keep their jobs.

    Either way, keep in mind that LeShoure wasn’t 100% last year and Bell entered the rotation around the middle of the year. And both did reasonably well.

    LeShoure is a bruiser with jets, Bell’s a pounder with moves, and Bush is the home run hitter. I like that combination.

  14. Conspiracy theorists crack me up. Paranoia runs deep. So does over-analysis. Lions running back Jerome Harrison had a brain tumor that ended his career. Jahvid Best had his career ended by concussions and the Lions wound up 4-12 without him.

    I believe that the Lions simply don’t want to run short of running backs. Occam’s razor would suggest that I’m probably correct.

  15. hehateme2 says:Mar 26, 2013 4:26 PM

    Poor Reggie… you blew it. The Dolphins were the ONLY team that gave you a chance to be an every down back.

    You did okay (danced a bit much IMO) but did bring some excitment during your 2 years. Thanks. Now…. not only are you back to being “one of the guys” but stuck in Detroit to boot.
    ____________________

    Do you believe every rumor that you read? Must be true ’cause you read it on the internet, huh?

  16. plenty of teams use 3 rb’s. the pats do it pretty well with vereen, woodhead and riddley. the redskins did it before alfred morris. the jets essentially had 3 rbs with greene mcknight and tebow. and bell and leshore have both are produced, are both young, and have very managable cap hits. why trade either of them? especially given reggies earlier injury woes in his career.

  17. I watched every lions game last year and then watched the DVR again later, bell has some real promise, and leshoure coming off an Achilles wasn’t 100%, they say that’s a 2 year injury….he has one more year to prove himself….

  18. They’re not trading Bell or Leshoure. Both are productive and have different roles. Plus, neither one is taking up much cap space and hopefully the Lions have learned certain lessons and aren’t going to scrambling for help if one of the backs goes down.

  19. It does matter who the running back for the Lions is as lonlong as dominic raiola is the starting center they’ll never have a successful running game he’s to small and guys arms are to short to be a good run blocker

  20. What?! Tied to Leshoure for now who the jury is stillout on, Bell cost next to nothing & showed some ridiculous ability & Bush will fit in perfect! I think they’re sitting in great shape…and will need one more back to boot.

  21. Izlez said
    Mar 26, 2013 4:52 PM
    All of these guys have value on the Lions. Leshoure is a 2nd rounder who has only played for 1 year. Bell is a FA no one seemed to want but after showing flashes he has a chance to be a diamond in the rough that comes very cheap. There is no reason for the Lions to want to get rid of either of these guys and there’s no reason for any other team to give up anything for them
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    This!

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