As it worked so well the first time around, Lions re-sign Tatum Bell


With the only healthy running back on the Lions roster being the suck filled Aveion Cason, they added to their “depth” (term used quite loosely) by bring back Tatum Bell for 2008. Bell was lured back to Detroit thanks to a 1 year, $1.6-million deal.

This isn’t a typo, or a case of mistaken identity. This is the same Tatum Bell who was benched for the final 11 games of the 2007 season. The same Tatum Bell who wasn’t good enough to be activated on game days, even after Kevin Jones went down for the season. The same Tatum Bell who finished the season behind the aforementioned suck filled Cason on the Lions’ depth chart.

As Jones is still recovering from his ACL tear, Bell is suddenly a good option? Though he wasn’t even close to being considered part of the running back rotation in December? Once again, we see “Lions logic” at it’s most confounding.

With Mike Martz no longer running the offense, the Lions have convinced themselves Bell is now a better fit, despite their previous actions. Though Martz is infinitely more respected as an offensive innovator and play caller than new offensive coordinator Jim Colletto, the Lions somehow think Colletto can make better use of Bell. In other news, pigs now fly.

With the return of Bell, this means the Lions have brought back for another season the 2 players they received in the Dre’ Bly trade, Bell and OT George Foster (who agreed to a 1 year contract late last week), who were considered MASSIVE busts 3 months ago. It was universally thought they would NEVER wear the Honolulu blue and silver again.

The tackle who can’t remember the snap count, and the running back who was glued to the bench, are now needed for “depth.” All Foster and Bell will do will help lead the Lions to he depths of the NFC North.

I find it amazing the Lions feel they can brig back essentially the same backfield as last season. Namely…

Kevin Jones, who has yet to prove he can make it through an entire season healthy.

Brian Calhoun, who has been as injury prone as Jones, and who, in the rare times he has been healthy, never proved worthy of his 3rd round draft pick status.

Avieon Cason, who blows.

Jon Bradley, a defensive lineman converted to a blocking fullback in training camp last season.

And Tatum Bell

That depth chart is a fucking joke. Much like the Lions.

The upcoming draft is supposedly deep in running backs. It’s become essential the Lions find a capable back in the draft’s middle rounds. Unfortunately, this being Matt Millen and the Detroit Lions, the odds of that happening are the same as those pigs flying.

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  • http://sidelionreport.com/ Big Al

    Damn, good line GTW!

    I know they need bodies, but did they have to sign that paticular body?

    Local sports talk radio today threw an interesting question out there today. (I know, I’m surprised too!) Should the Lions offer Saettle a middling draft pick, say 3rd round, for Shawn Alexander? He’s toast in Saettle, thanks to Duckett and Julius Jones being signed. Honestly, I’d be willing to take a flyer on Alexander.

  • Uncle Omar

    You guys are missing the genius of Matt Mastermind.  He’s saving caproom on these stiffs, not so that he can sign Shaun Alexander who might actually be able to play, but to move up in the draft so that he can draft Mario Manningham with the 4th pick in the draft instead of Jake Long or Chris Long.  The team needs slow wideouts now that Mike Williams is gone, right? 

  • Paul

    I don’t understand your confusion?  Look at whose the offensive coordinator…Colleto no wait Kippy Brown…or yes it is Colleto because he handle the running game…but wait does that mean Tatum Bell will be an option in passing situations so does Kippy Brown make the call?  Ohhhhh the genious that is Matt Millen