Rumored to be on the trade market, the news for cornerback Alphonso Smith ultimately was worse.
The Lions have released the former second-round pick of the Broncos, per a league source.
Smith, drafted by Denver in 2009 and traded to Detroit in 2010, shrugged off the trade talk earlier this year.
“Please forgive my frankness,” Smith said in June. “To be blunt with you, I really didn’t care. It didn’t happen. It still may happen. You never know.
“I don’t care about reports or rumors. Only thing I can focus on is I’m a Detroit Lion and I’m a Detroit Lion until I’m not.”
He has yet to compile four years of service, so Smith must pass through waivers.
In other words, he’ll be a Colt soon.