Sports: Lions Say Goodbye to Two Veterans
The Lions have cut running back Joique Bell. Bell was undrafted out of Wayne State and released by five NFL teams before catching on with Detroit in 2011. In four years with the Lions he rushed for 2,235 yards, had 1,640 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. Last season his playing time was reduced because of injuries and he missed three games. With the move, Detroit will save 2.5 million in salary-cap space.
Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis has retired from the NFL after 13 seasons. Mathis spent the first ten years of his career with his hometown team, the Jacksonville Jaguars who took him in the second round of the 2003 draft. He signed with Detroit in 2013 and was a starter all three seasons with the Lions. Mathis started the first seven games last year before suffering a concussion and missing the rest of the season. He said that while he would have preferred to finish 2015 healthy, he was proud to be a leader in the locker room during the second half of the year.