Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
1 day ago

Bell signed with the Lions on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Outside of a four-game stint with the Bears, Bell has spent much of the season looking for work, but he will now head back to Detroit for the time being. The Lions likely view him primarily as depth, but it will not take him long to get re-acclimated if he is needed at any point the rest of the way.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
1 month ago2 Comments

Bell was among three running backs to work out for the Packers on Tuesday, but no signing was made, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

On Sunday morning, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the RB-needy Packers were expected to ink Bell to a deal as early as Monday. However, Ty Montgomery returned from a one-game absence Sunday and fueled a competent ground attack versus the Colts, contributing a team-high 53 yards on seven carries to 116 total for the Packers. With James Starks (knee) growing ever healthier, the coaching staff must be confident that a tried and true running back will be available in the near future, and perhaps as early as Sunday at Tennessee. Even if he's not, Bell seemingly won't be a part of the offensive picture in Green Bay in Week 10.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
1 month ago

Bell is expected to sign with the Packers on Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

EDGE Analysis

Bell has played his entire five-year career in the NFC North, but was cast away by the Bears after appearing in four games (31 total snaps) in 2016. Signing the 30-year-old is likely just a short-term solution for the Packers, who are hopeful James Starks (knee) will return soon from meniscus surgery to fill the void left by the placement of Eddie Lacy (ankle) on IR. The pending signing does little to help Sunday's backfield situation, however, as the team is expected to lean on natural wideout Ty Montgomery at tailback, with Don Jackson and fullback Aaron Ripkowski in line to serve as complementary options. Bell would provide the team with an alternative option, having amassed over 2,200 yards and 22 touchdowns in his NFL career. Keep in mind the Knile Davis situation when considering adding Bell, however, as the team has shown they have no qualms about cutting bait with a back that's not the right fit, especially given the looming return of Starks.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
1 month ago

Bell was released by the Bears on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Jeremy Langford (ankle) sidelined, Bell was operating as an additional body behind Jordan Howard and Ka'Deem Carey in the backfield, but was able to carry the ball just three times for six yards over four games. The 30-year-old veteran should field some interest while on the open free agent market, although no matter where he signs, he'll likely struggle to get significant carries.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
2 months ago

Bell carried three times for six yards Sunday against the Lions.

EDGE Analysis

After being signed earlier in the week to give the Bears backfield depth, Bell saw time on the field when Howard briefly had to leave the field. He'll likely continue to see a few carries per game until either Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) or Jeremy Langford (ankle) return to action.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
2 months ago

Bell is signing with the Bears on Tuesday, GQ's Rand Getlin reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Jeremy Langford (ankle) facing an extended absence and Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) potentially also unavailable, the Bears will turn to a player who is familiar to NFC North fans. Bell spent the first four years of his career with Detroit, serving as the team's lead back for much of 2013 and 2014, though he mostly worked in a part-time role in 2012 and 2015. Given Chicago's injury woes, Bell could have an immediate role in the backfield, though he's unlikely to leapfrog rookie Jordan Howard. This isn't too much of a concern for the rookie's owners, as Bell is 30 years old and will have to learn a new playbook.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
10 months ago

Prior to releasing the running back, the Lions offered Bell an opportunity to stay with the team at a reduced rate, which he declined, mlive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The move saved the Lions $2.5 million against the team's 2016 salary cap. That said, Bell, who turns 30 in August, hasn't ruled out a potential return to Detroit, but before such a notion is entertained, he'll explore his options as a free agent. Bell is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he averaged just 3.5 yards on 90 carries over the span of 13 contests.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
10 months ago

The Lions released Bell on Tuesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

In a cost-cutting move, the Lions have decided to move on from Bell, who burst onto the scene during the 2012 season. His production on both the ground and through the air spurred the team to extend a two-year extension during the 2014 offseason. However, injuries afflicted him throughout the past campaign, as he managed 90 carries for 311 yards, 22 receptions (on 27 targets) for 286 yards, and four touchdowns across 13 appearances. The 29-year-old back will now aim to join another organization, though a change-of-pace role is likely his ceiling at this point in his career.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
11 months ago

Bell wrapped up the 2015 season with 311 yards and four touchdowns on 90 carries and 22 catches for another 286 yards.

EDGE Analysis

For many of Bell's teammates, production started coming along after the Lions' switch at coordinator. Bell started coming around at the same time, but his improvements likely had more to do with getting healthy after battling knee and ankle injuries. Bell was the only Lions back to rack up over 100 total yards in a game, Week 15 against New Orleans, and his four touchdowns also led Detroit backs. Detroit has a lot of talented youth running back, including Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner, so Bell and his contract could be a cap casualty. If he stays, expect for him to continue to be featured in goal-line situations.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
11 months ago

Bell caught both of his targets for 49 yards and added three carries for nine yards in Sunday's win over the Bears.

EDGE Analysis

Bell's five touches tied a season low. The veteran back had tallied betweeen seven and eight carries with two catches in each of the five games leading into Sunday, during which he scored three of his four touchdowns on the season. With younger, cheaper options available in Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner, it wouldn't be a surprise if Bell spent his age-30 season on another team. Should he move on, he could be considered a value as a goal-line back.