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.
Lions are working hard on a long-term deal for Joique Bell. Hope still is it gets done tomorrow before the start of free agency.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 10, 2014
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.
@1dalethebarber get it ready…
— Joique Bell (@JoiqueBell) March 10, 2014