With running back Joique Bell coming off the most-productive season of his career (650 yards, eight touchdowns) and with his ability to complement Reggie Bush, the Lions have rewarded him with a two-year deal for $7 million with $4.3 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.
Bell had previously on Tuesday been given a restricted free agent tender of $2.187 million for the 2014 season, and as ESPN.com explains, the new two-year deal will be implemented after that. All told, it's basically a three-year deal for Bell worth about $9 million.
Along with his rushing ability, Bell also has been strong catching passes out of the backfield, combining for 103 receptions in 2012 and 2013. Together with Bush, the two combined for 2,709 all-purpose yards last year.
As Bell said, he wanted to stay in Detroit for the long term.
"I do understand I'm a free agent, and I understand how the business works," Bell said in January. "I would like to just bypass all this and sign a long-term deal. Just knock it out.
"I don't want to go nowhere, I know the fans don't want me to go nowhere, I know the team doesn't want me to go nowhere, the front office doesn't want me to go anywhere. So let's just make this happen."