Now Bush is urging Detroit to retain Bell, a restricted free agent. The Lions are expected to offer Bell a second-round tender or sign him to a long-term deal.
"I think that’s going to be important to get Joique back," Bush told the team's website. "He’s a great player. He’s going to be in this league for a long time. He runs hard. I think it’s going to be an important offseason signing for us. We have to get him back."
Though Scott Linehan may be thought of as a pass-happy coach, Bell said that's not the case. "We started running the ball a little more this year," Bell said. "From the beginning of the season to the end of the season, [Linehan] was committed to the run, and as long as you're producing." Bell did admit that when the running game didn't work, Linehan would go away from it. When asked whether Murray will get carries, Bell responded by saying, "he doesn't have to be worried. "If he produces, he's going to run the ball."
Bell is expected to land a second-round tender as a restricted free agent this offseason, but he wants a long-term contract. He added that there's mutual interest on both sides for the longer contract.
Bell ran for 650 yards and eight touchdowns on 166 carries and caught 53 passes for 547 yards in 2013.
Bell, who ran for 650 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 53 passes for 547 yards, has made it clear he wants to stay in Detroit.
"I’ve been in Michigan my entire life," Bell said. "I was born and raised here. I played my whole career here.
"When you grow up in a certain area, you have a certain kind of pride and a certain respect for where you come from. I’m not just playing for me. I’m playing for the fans who were here when there was an 0-16 season and they're still here.
"I wasn’t a fan who said, ‘They need to do better.'" I was a fan who said, ‘One day, I’m going to go help that team to get better.’ I was blessed enough to do so."
He and Reggie Bush became the first running back duo in NFL history to each have more than 500 rushing and receiving yards. Bell, 27, is expected to get a restricted free-agent offer to stay in Detroit, the report said.
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