The Detroit Lions moved quickly today to replace Jared DeVries, who was lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon injury. The Lions inked free agent defensive tackle Shaun Smith to a one-year deal, his agent Neil Schwartz has confirmed.
Schwartz said Smith had already visited St. Louis and had a trip set up to visit Tampa, but cancelled it. “Shaun’s really excited to be in Detroit. He was very impressed with Coach (Jim) Schwartz, (defensive coordinator) Gunther Cunningham and (defensive line coach) Bob Karmelowicz. He told me ‘I really want to be here.”’
Smith is going into his sixth NFL season and the Lions are his fourth NFL team. Smith was recently cut by the Browns after an apparent dispute with one of the coaches.
At 6-2 and 325 pounds, the 27-year-old will likely play tackle for the Lions with Ikaika Alama-Francis moving to left end. Alama-Francis had been working almost exclusively at tackle early in training camp but was getting more reps at end over the last few days.
I hope to see Jared again in some way, shape or form, I’ve been rooting for the guy for 10 years now. I’m a Big Ten guy and Jared just had that weird shooting death of his old high school coach and I was hoping he would have a break out season as he deserves some recognition. He’s not exactly an elite play maker, but he’s made some plays when we needed it and he’s been fairly consistent as a guy you can rely on.
If we don’t see him again on the field, hopefully we’ll see him on the sidelines.