Lions bring back Kevin Smith

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Last year, the Lions opted not to extend a restricted free agent tender to running back Kevin Smith, one of the lone bright spots during that dismal 0-16 season of 2008.  Injuries forced the Lions to bring him back in November, and in his second game Smith reeled off 201 total yards and three touchdowns.

This year, the Lions didn’t wait until November to get him under contract.  Per a league source, Smith has agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

In seven appearances, Smith averaged 4.9 yards on 72 carries.  He provides depth and insurance against injuries to Mikel Leshoure, who missed all of the 2011 season, and Jahvid Best, who exited in October with ongoing concussions problems.

Terms of the deal aren’t known, but it’s likely something close to the fifth-year minimum.  There’s simply no market for veteran running backs, and as we’ve previously observed it pays almost as well to be a punter or a kicker.

Who knows?  Maybe Smith will try to diversify his skill set this year.

13 responses to “Lions bring back Kevin Smith

  1. Couldn’t resist throwing that 0-16 dig in could you? Well those times are long gone now. In fact the super bowl seems like a real possibility.
    So, yes, three seasons ago we did go 0-16. The key part of that sentence is the “three years ago” part.
    Your bias is so incredibly blatant that it used to make me mad. Now I just laugh at it.

  2. Injuries have been his problem. When on the field he has always been productive, including pass protection. Good move Lions.

  3. If 2/3 of that running back group can stay healthy, the Lions are going to have a great running game. I wish that the Browns would’ve tried to grab Smith at some point.

  4. This just in, after signing his new one year deal with the Lions, Kevin Smith tears his ACL as he stood up from the bargaining table.

  5. Good move. Smith does a lot of little things well that help the team win. He is very good as a blocker, and doesn’t blow assignments.

  6. Smith went from watching TV one week to the starting lineup the next week, and was a huge part of the Lions success last year. He earned a lot of respect from Lions fans last year.

    If Smith can stay healthy, he’s a great RB.

    I’m curious about how LeShore’s rehab is going. Any word?

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