The Lions are poised to sign one the top prospective restricted free agents of 2014 to a new contract.
The deal contains $4.3 million in guarantees, Caplan reports.
Bell’s versatility has suited him well in a pass-happy Detroit offense. The 27-year-old Wayne State product rushed for 650 yards and eight TDs on 166 carries and added 53 receptions for 547 yards in 2013.
Bell and Reggie Bush look likely to again be the Lions’ top tailbacks in 2014.
UPDATE 1:44 p.m. ET: According to Caplan, the new two-year contract for Bell covers 2015 and 2016, and he will take his one-year RFA tender for 2014.
Bell’s total compensation for the next three years is $9.3 million, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.