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Report: Lions close to long-term deal with Joique Bell

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Thanks to the rules governing restricted free agents, the Lions aren’t likely to lose running back Joique Bell to another team this offseason.

It’s hard to imagine a team ponying up a draft pick in either of the first two rounds to acquire Bell when few teams have been using those picks on rookie running backs in recent years, so the chances are very good that Bell is in Detroit in 2014. It would be advantageous to the Lions to sign him to a longer deal and save some room under the cap, however.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, such a deal may be in the offing. Birkett reports that the two sides are close to agreeing on a multi-year deal. If they can get it done by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, they’ll have a bit more money to spend when the free agent stampede gets underway.

Bell gained 650 yards on 166 carries while working in tandem with Reggie Bush last season. His role could expand with a new offensive system in place and, one way or the other, it looks like he’ll be in Detroit to make his case for that expansion.

UPDATE 9:05 a.m. ET: Adam Caplan of ESPN reports Bell will be tendered at the second-round level if he’s not signed by 4 p.m. That would guarantee him $2.187 million if he plays in 2014 after signing the tender, but the two sides would still be able to sign a longer deal.

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13 Responses to “Report: Lions close to long-term deal with Joique Bell”
  1. lionsmark09 says: Mar 11, 2014 8:40 AM

    Yes, yes, and yes again. Dude runs with heart and passion. He also does not dance around in the backfield, he runs right at guys. He even leaps over them ocassionally.

  2. thepftpoet says: Mar 11, 2014 8:42 AM

    I don’t see why he wants to stay on the Hapless Lions franchise.

    He could most likely start somewhere else.

    And actually win games.

  3. thetruthcampaign says: Mar 11, 2014 8:43 AM

    Good to hear. We love Bell. Need more attitudes like his on the team.

  4. h3min1230 says: Mar 11, 2014 8:43 AM

    Good signing. Kid is a true baller, can do it all.

  5. ziggystheansah says: Mar 11, 2014 8:46 AM

    Hes the rb every team should want. Runs with power and a great burst. He’s tough and can catch out of the backfield as well. Detroit fans love Joique, this is an excellent move as long as he’s not getting more money then reggie bush (4yr/16m)

  6. big64d says: Mar 11, 2014 8:53 AM

    Hometown kid works his butt off to not only play in the NFL but play well.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 11, 2014 9:00 AM

    If he’s worth something then they should trade him. We have other RBs and other needs and he isn’t a good fit for us and not good enough to be a championship RB. It’s time to move on.

  8. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 11, 2014 9:12 AM

    Good player, I really like him. Would have loved to have him on the 9ers

  9. till3r says: Mar 11, 2014 9:19 AM

    I love it as long as they let Reggie play 3rd downs this year. Bush is like a sproles in the backfield. Very hard to contain the speed and defenses have to focus on him. Bell is very good at catching but does not demand the kind of attention bush does.

  10. mortalkondek says: Mar 11, 2014 9:52 AM

    Great! Love this kid. The Pride of Wayne State!

  11. theroarisback says: Mar 11, 2014 10:00 AM

    Bell > Bush….no contest, not even close.

  12. purpleguy says: Mar 11, 2014 10:33 AM

    He does have a cool name.

  13. rl7911 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:30 PM

    Bell is a beast!

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