NFL Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions Smart to Sign RB Joique Bell to Long-Term Deal

Joique Bell

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The running back position has never looked better for the Detroit Lions as Joique Bell has agreed to a three-year deal worth about $9.17 million with about $4.3 million guaranteed. He is set to make about $2.17 million in 2014 because of a tender he was offered last week and the rest of the $7 million will be split in 2015 and 2016.

Coming off his best season in the NFL, Bell has become a viable second option for the Lions at running back behind the electric Reggie Bush. Bell finished the 2013 season with 650 rushing yards and eight touchdowns to go along with 547 yards receiving.

The 27-year-old running back from Wayne State has called Detroit home for a while now and will continue to live his dream and play for the team he grew up watching as a youngster from Michigan.

It has been a while since the Lions were set at the running back position as they have shuffled through options over the years before finally settling on the lethal combination of Bush and Bell. Bush is the electric, elusive rusher while Bell is a bruiser and a chain-mover.

If you’re a Lions fan, you have to be happy that this team is finally setting its sights on the long-term success instead of just year-to-year.

Bell should have an even better season in 2014 with another year in the league as a serious threat in the backfield under his belt. Watch out for the combo of Bell and Bush as they could play a huge role in Detroit’s path to its second playoff appearance since 1999.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at