Lions retain Bell and Ogletree, set to host Tate

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm •  Published: March 11, 2014
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The Detroit Lions achieved one of their top goals this offseason, retaining Joique Bell, and took a step toward another one, setting up a meeting with Golden Tate.

The Lions and Bell agreed to a $9.3 million, three-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person, who said $4.3 million of the contract is guaranteed, spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

Detroit is also determined to add a player to complement wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Tate appears to be a good fit.

The free agent wide receiver will meet with the Lions, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person, who said Tate was traveling to Detroit on Tuesday night, spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the visit had not been announced.

Tate led the Seattle Seahawks with 64 catches and 898 yards receiving last season, setting career highs in both categories. The former Notre Dame star also scored five touchdowns last season, giving him 15 in his four-year career.

"I definitely do not want to play against Seattle, I'll tell you that," Tate said in February after Seattle's Super Bowl parade. "I don't want to play against Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor for sure, but we'll see. Only time will tell. I think I set myself up regardless if it's here — hopefully it's here — or elsewhere with the way I play the game."

Detroit also agreed to a one-year deal with wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, according to another person familiar with negotiations, speaking to AP on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been announced.

The Lions really wanted Bell back, and can probably find a spot on the roster for Ogletree.

Bell had a team-high eight touchdowns rushing last season. He was second to Reggie Bush with 166 carries for 650 yards rushing for the Lions last year. Bell ranked third on the team in each of the last two seasons in Detroit with a combined 105 receptions for 1,032 yards.



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