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Lions sign RB Joique Bell to 3-year, $9.17 million contract

March 11, 2014

Detroit Lions General manager Martin Mayhew made it clear how important running back Joique Bell was to the offense moving forward into the Jim Caldwell era. On Tuesday, about three hours before the free agent signing period was to begin, he proved it. Bell, the Wayne State University product, agreed to a deal that will keep him in Detroit the next three years and pay him $9.17 million, with $4.3 million guaranteed. "I don't think this could have played out any better in a movie," Bell said. "I'm speechless." Bell, sharing the running back position with Reggie Bush, amassed 650 yards rushing and 547 yards receiving last season. He also established himself as a reliable chain-mover. He picked 43 first downs rushing and another 22 receiving. He also scored eight rushing touchdowns. In two seasons with the Lions he has rushed for 1,064 yards.