- According to Caplan, Bell’s new contract is a two-year deal worth $7 million that includes $4.3 million guaranteed.
In 2013, Bell totaled 650 yards rushing on 164 carries (3.9 YPC) and eight touchdowns for the Lions.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Lions are “close” to an agreement with restricted free-agent RB Joique Bell on a long-term contract.
- Adam Caplan is reporting that the Lions have tendered Bell at the second-round level while they continue to work on an extension for him.
- Birkett adds that with a new deal in place, the Lions should have above $10 million in available cap space to work with.
- Birkett adds both sides are hoping that a deal gets done tomorrow before the start of free agency.
Bell is a restricted free agent, so they are obviously working to get a multi-year agreement in place now rather than use a tender on him.
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.