A lot of news has come out over the last few days about players receiving contract tenders from the Detroit Lions. One player that will not be receiving a tender is running back Kevin Smith.
Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News broke the stroy with a tweet just minutes ago:
Kevin Smith era is over in Detroit. The Lions have not offered RB Kevin Smith a tender offer, making him a free agent. Story to come
It remains to be seen what kind of an impact this will have on the Lions final roster once the labor situation is resolved. Could the Lions look for a mid-round running back in next month’s draft? I would argue those picks are better used elsewhere. It sure looks like the team is confident in Maurice Morris as Jahvid Best’s primary back up.
Just got off phone with Kevin Smith, on being a non-tender: “I’ve been hurt the last two years so to me it was more of a business decision..
“In this business you can never be surprised. It’s strictly business and they did what they had to and I’ll do what I have to do.”
More Smith: “I know one thing for sure, I’ll be in the NFL next year. With the Lions, I can’t say, but that was their decision.”