Detroit Lions Sign Guard Leonard Davis and Running Back Kevin Smith
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The Lions worked out 24 players over the weekend, and among them were guard Leonard Davis and running back Kevin Smith, who was with the Lions during the Millen/Marinelli era. They've agreed to sign Davis and Smith both to one-year contracts, according to various sources.
Smith was selected in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Central Florida and was Detroit's leading rusher that season. After three seasons with the Lions, he was slowly phased out of the offense with the arrival of Jahvid Best last year. They decided not to tender him a contract this off-season.
With how much the Lions have struggled running the ball this season, and with all of the uncertainty surrounding Jahvid Best's future with the team, Smith adds is body to add depth to a thin running back slot on the depth chart.
Leonard Davis is a 10-year veteran who provides All-Pro experience to an offensive line that is, by all accounts, inconsistent this season. Davis was drafted in 2001 by the Arizona Cardinals and, after six seasons with Arizona, signed on and blossomed with the Dallas Cowboys.
Davis was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Since then, however, his production has declined and his salary became too costly, prompting Dallas to cut him this season. Davis can also add depth to the offense. If current right guard Stephen Peterman continues to underperform, we could see Davis inserted into the starting role.
Some of the other big names invited to the workout this past Thursday include former Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle-El and former Packers quarterback Brian Brohm.
Either one of these players may end up playing a key role in Detroit's first playoff run since 1999.
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