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Joique Bell: Let’s just make a long-term deal happen

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Lions running back Joique Bell played a big role in the Lions offense in 2013, rushing for 650 yards and catching 53 passes for 547 yards to provide Detroit with a strong complement to Reggie Bush in the backfield.

That makes it all but certain that the team will be tendering Bell a contract as a restricted free agent. That will be a first- or second-round tender, a level that has kept most teams from bidding for restricted free agents in recent years. Bell, however, would like to skip all the tenders and restricted free agent wrangling by jumping right to a long-term deal.

“I understand how the business works,” Bell said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I would like to just bypass all this and just sign a long-term deal, just knock it out. I don’t want to go anywhere, I know the fans don’t want me to go anywhere, I know the team doesn’t want me to go anywhere, the front office doesn’t want me to go anywhere. So let’s make this [happen]. Honestly, let’s just make this happen.”

The Lions have to sort out Ndamukong Suh’s contract and figure out what to do with other expensive veterans like wide receiver Nate Burleson as they prepare for the offseason to really get rolling, which could make it hard for Bell to get his wish to avoid the whole restricted free agent process. One way or the other, though, Bell is likely to be back in Detroit for new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi to deploy as the Lions try to improve on this year’s dismal finish to the season.

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15 Responses to “Joique Bell: Let’s just make a long-term deal happen”
  1. jmacphee9 says: Jan 31, 2014 9:51 AM

    get this deal out of the way, its simple. he isnt going to be asking a ton of money and he will be worth every penny. joique can be a stud by the end of a 1-2 year deal looking for really big money, he should be getting a 4 year deal.

  2. zack2482 says: Jan 31, 2014 10:01 AM

    All of us former Wayne State university football players are proud of this guy. I would love to see him in Dallas with his former offensive coordinator.

  3. sanchock says: Jan 31, 2014 10:02 AM

    I hope it doesn’t happen and we bring you back to Buffalo.

  4. JackedUpSports says: Jan 31, 2014 10:05 AM

    pay him! or hell come back to bite you in the butt

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 31, 2014 10:09 AM

    The reason why Bell played such a big role in Detroit’s Offense is because Detroit only has one REAL wide receiver.

    I mean seriously… it’s 2014… and… a FULLBACK was your team’s #2 receiving target.

    SAD.

  6. mmacify says: Jan 31, 2014 10:11 AM

    Food for thought: in their 2010 training camp, the Buffalo Bills had Marshawn Lynch, CJ Spiller, Fred Jackson, and Joique Bell.

    Their GM wasn’t able to parlay that into much of anything (wins, high draft picks, etc.).

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 31, 2014 10:15 AM

    Just so you know… good teams need guys like Bell.

  8. bennyb82 says: Jan 31, 2014 10:34 AM

    Agree. Bell is like a little Barry mixed with a little Bettis. Keep him here.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 31, 2014 10:53 AM

    VERY LITTLE Barry and VERY LITTLE bettis mixed with a above-average combination of rushing with receiving ability.

    His receiving ability is his strong point.

  10. flannlv says: Jan 31, 2014 10:59 AM

    Saints had both these guys.

  11. 1rockyracoon says: Jan 31, 2014 11:08 AM

    Detroit doesn’t need to move fast on resigning him. Nobody is going to give up 2 draft picks for him. He’s not going anywhere unless Detroit decides they don’t want him.

  12. sowcrates says: Jan 31, 2014 12:01 PM

    Buffalo has long been a RB factory for the rest of the league. Bell, Lynch, McGahee and Travis Henry all went elsewhere for at least a couple good seasons within the past 15 years

  13. purpleguy says: Jan 31, 2014 1:35 PM

    he should be signed if for no other reason than it’s fun to say his first name — Joique, Joique, Joique. . . . . Almost makes up for losing Gosder.

  14. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jan 31, 2014 8:52 PM

    A fine product of Wayne State University – of course he’s loved by the Detroit fans.

  15. johnnytarr says: Feb 1, 2014 12:21 AM

    Burleson is likely too expensive to keep.

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