Lions release DB Lionel Smith, reportedly add OG Leroy Harris
Now, the Texas A&M product will be on the hunt for his third team into his second-year since joining the NFL. Smith entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M in 2012. Although Smith initially signed with the Dallas Cowboys, he was released by the team in the final roster cuts.
Smith joined the Lions midway through the 2012 season and spent time on the team’s practice squad before ending the season on the injured reserve. The second-year pro had signed to a futures contract with the Lions following the 2012 season.
But with nine cornerbacks already on the roster right now – namely Bill Bentley, Chris Greenwood, Chris Houston, Darius Slay, DeQuan Menzie, D.J. Johnson, Jonte Green and Ron Bartell – Smith was probably deemed expendable by the Lions.
The move does not come as a surprise since Smith’s chances of making the final roster were already considered slim considering this group of cornerbacks in the Lions’ secondary. Meanwhile, guys like Houston, Bartell, Slay and Bentley seem like the best bet from the group to make the 53-man roster while Greenwood also appears to be in the mix.
However, the Lions seem to have opted to release Smith just right now to open a spot on their 90-man roster for offensive guard Leroy Harris. The move has not been officially announced by the team but multiple reports have surfaced indicating Harris agreed to terms on a contract with the Lions today.
Harris was a three-year starter at Tennessee while spending the past six years with the Titans. However, he was sidelined by a right knee injury last season and appeared in just eight games. The Titans had originally drafted Harris out of North Carolina in the fourth-round of the 2007 NFL draft. Harris started 39 games over the past three-seasons with the Titans.
The Lions have been looking to add a veteran guard to their offensive line parting ways with Stephen Peterman. The nine-year veteran spent the past seven years with the Lions while consistently starting on the offensive line the last three seasons, before his release this February.