The Detroit Lions and Joique Bell haven’t reached an agreement on the long-term deal both sides seem to want, so the Lions have tendered the restricted free agent at a second-round level.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 11, 2014
Again, both sides appear motiviated to get a long-term deal done but the tender gives the Lions some security in the process. As a restricted free agent, Bell will be free to seek offers from other teams when free agency opens at 4 p.m. today, but signing with another team will cost his new team a second round pick as compensation to the Lions.
On the tender, Bell would earn $2.187 million but coming to an agreement on a long-term deal would allow the Lions to keep Bell at a lower cap number in 2014 depending on how they structure the contract.