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RB Joique Bell hopes Lions sign free agent WR Golden Tate to give offense a 'valuable piece'

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell runs during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Detroit. The Detroit Lions achieved one of their top goals this offseason by retaining Bell according to a person familiar with the negotiations. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell runs during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Detroit. The Detroit Lions achieved one of their top goals this offseason by retaining Bell according to a person familiar with the negotiations. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)  (The Associated Press)

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell says he crossed paths with wide receiver Golden Tate at team headquarters.

Bell signed a $9.3 million, three-year contract to stay with the Lions on Wednesday.

He hopes the Lions can sign Tate, a free agent, to add a "valuable piece," to their offense. Tate traveled to Detroit on Tuesday night to meet with the Lions on Wednesday.

Tate was the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks' top receiver last season. He appears to be Detroit's top target in free agency because it is looking for someone to complement All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson.

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