Lions RB Joique Bell mentioned a few days ago following an appearance in the Broadway play “Rock of Ages,” that he hoping to get a long-term extension with the Lions worked out sooner rather than later.
“I understand how the business works,” Bell said, via the Detroit Free Press. “I would like to just bypass all this and just sign a long-term deal, just knock it out. I don’t want to go anywhere, I know the fans don’t want me to go anywhere, I know the team doesn’t want me to go anywhere, the front office doesn’t want me to go anywhere. So let’s make this [happen]. Honestly, let’s just make this happen.”
Bell, 27, will be a restricted free agent in matter of weeks, but there appears to be “mutual interest” between the two parties to get a deal worked out before then, per Tim Twentyman.
Bell is one of the few Lions who have played for new head coach Jim Caldwell during his rookie season with the Indianapolis Colts, so that too is a plus for him moving forward.
In 2013, Bell totaled 650 yards rushing on 164 carries (3.9 YPC) and eight touchdowns for the Lions.