On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions did what many expected them to do as they cut running back Joique Bell. By doing so, the team saves $2.5 million in cap space as they head towards the NFL free agency period.
According to Bell, the Lions made him an offer but he decided it was in his best interest to turn it down.
“The NFL is a crazy business, you never know. Bell said on Saturday. “The Lions made me an offer. I thought I did what was best for my career. I ended up declining the offer.”
Bell also added that his decision to decline the Lions offer was strictly a business decision and that he felt he owed it to himself and his family to test the free agent waters.
“There’s no bad blood between me and the Lions,” Bell said. “They did what was best for the organization and I did what I thought was best for my family.”
So, though it looks like Bell may be finished in Detroit, he is not ruling out the possibility of being with the Lions again in the future.
“You never know, I might end up back with the Lions, but I owe it to my family, I owe it to myself, I owe it to my hard work and dedication to test the market, so that’s what I’m doing.”
Prior to the 2015 season, Bell predicted great things for himself. In fact, he said that he would be disappointed if he did not rush for a minimum of 1,200 yards. Unfortunately, the Wayne State product only managed 311 yards in 13 games.