The Detroit Lions are entering an offseason where they don’t need to add new talent so much as they need to develop what they currently have. Detroit had an explosive offense on paper, but a team that missed the playoffs and finished in third place int he NFC North on the field.
One bright spot throughout last season was the play of backup running back Joique Bell, who started the preseason the third string back and ended the season as Reggie Bush’s compliment out of the backfield. Bell’s incredible breakout season has him clamoring for a long-term deal with the Lions, the team he grew up watching as a kid.
“I understand how the business works,” Bell said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I would like to just bypass all this and just sign a long-term deal, just knock it out. I don’t want to go anywhere, I know the fans don’t want me to go anywhere, I know the team doesn’t want me to go anywhere, the front office doesn’t want me to go anywhere. So let’s make this [happen]. Honestly, let’s just make this happen.”
This isn’t the first time in the last 48 hours Bell has brought up wanting a long-term deal and it likely won’t be the last. He wants to stay in Detroit and the Lions would be wise to lock him down before it’s too late.