It’s hard to imagine a team ponying up a draft pick in either of the first two rounds to acquire Bell when few teams have been using those picks on rookie running backs in recent years, so the chances are very good that Bell is in Detroit in 2014. It would be advantageous to the Lions to sign him to a longer deal and save some room under the cap, however.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, such a deal may be in the offing. Birkett reports that the two sides are close to agreeing on a multi-year deal. If they can get it done by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, they’ll have a bit more money to spend when the free agent stampede gets underway.
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