Lions release Benton Harbor running back Joique Bell

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions released Benton Harbor running back Joique Bell on Tuesday.

New general manager Bob Quinn decided to cut Bell, knowing he likely will have Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick rotating at running back this year.

Bell, 29, signed a 3-year deal worth $9.3 million in 2014. He made about $6.8 million from the contract.

Bell had nearly 2,000 yards from scrimmage in 2013 and 2014. His role diminished in Detroit last year due to injuries and the emergence of Abdullah as a rookie and Riddick as a pass-catching option out of the backfield.

Bell ran for 2,235 yards and 22 touchdowns and had 161 receptions for 1,640 yards and a score over four seasons in Detroit.

After graduating from Benton Harbor, Bell had a star studded career at Division III Wayne State. He bounced around between a few teams in the NFL before settling in with the Lions.

He's actively returned to Benton Harbor to host football and cheerleading camps and his foundation has hosted 'Shop with a Cop' events for underprivileged kids during the holidays as well.