On Tuesday, the Detroit Lions cut hometown running back Joique Bell.

Bell, 29, is originally from Benton Harbor, Mich. and played his college football at Wayne State (MI) University. He won the equivalent of the Heisman trophy in division two football in 2009, the Harlon Hill Trophy.

After coming off an injury filled season Bell struggled off the start and was buried on the depth chart behind Ameer Abdullah, Zach Zenner and even third down back Theo Riddick during the 2015 season.

Bell had virtually no special teams value according to the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett and so the team cut him, freeing up $2.5 million on the salary cap. Bell will still count for $1 million in dead money cap space this year.

Bell was with the Lions for three years, his longest NFL stop in his career.

Bell thanked the city of Detroit and Lions fans everywhere on his social media outlets.

In other cap clearing moves, corner back Rashean Mathis announced his retirement on the same day the Lions cut Bell, which grants another $1.5 million in cap space to use in 2016.