Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) carries the ball as Minnesota Vikings safety Robert Blanton (36) attempts to tackle during the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Working on Deal With Joique Bell Ahead of Free Agency Period

The Detroit Lions had an effective duo of backs in Reggie Bush and Joique Bell last season and that duo is set to return. Bush is under contract after signing a long-term deal last offseason but how exactly Bell returns is yet to be determined. As a restricted free agent, all the Lions have to do is tender him a contract that ties him to second round compensation to ward off any other teams that might be interested. Better yet would be to come to agreement on a long-term deal to keeps Bell in Detroit for more than just the 2014 season.

Bell has expressed a desire to get a long-term deal done with the Lions while showing little to no interest in the greater free agency experience. The Lions are reportedly making Bell’s deal a priority and hope to get something done before the free agency period opens tomorrow.

The benefit to Bell is additional security while the Lions would love a long-term deal so they can bring Bell back at a lower cap hit for 2014. They aren’t likely to save money in the long run versus the restricted free agent tender, but they can structure the contract for a lower year one cap hit to provide flexibility to get other things done this offseason.

Joique Bell dropped what seemed like hints on twitter that a deal may be just around the corner.

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