Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions and Joique Bell Agree to Long-Term Deal

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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.

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.

In the end, the deal is right about where most expected at an average value of $3 million to $3.5 million per year.

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