The Detroit Lions have taken care of one of their top priorities by officially retaining running back Joique Bell. As a restricted free agent, the Lions had already tendered Bell a deal that tied him to second-round compensation should another team try to sign him. That is all moot now that he has agreed to a long-term deal with the Lions ahead of the official opening of free agency.
The #Lions and RFA RB Joique Bell have agreed to a 2-year, $7 M extension with $4.3 M guaranteed, per source.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 11, 2014
In case that looks like a richer average annual value on less years than you were expecting, the deal is actually a three-year deal which extends the one-year tender by two years.
The extension that @caplannfl reported for DET RB Joique Bell is the restricted tender plus two more years. So a 3-year deal for added $7m.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 11, 2014
Confirmed: Bell gets $2.17M from tender this year, then two more years and $7M. $4.3M guaranteed
— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) March 11, 2014
In the end, the deal is right about where most expected at an average value of $3 million to $3.5 million per year.