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For the second time in his three-year career, Alphonso Smith is on the trading block. The Lions are willing to trade Smith, a cornerback who played 11 games for them last year, and have shopped him to at least one team, NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports. The Broncos took Smith in the second round…
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According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Detroit Lions are willing to trade cornerback Alphonso Smith.
LaCanfora indicated that the Lions have offered Smith to at least one team.
Smith was a second round pick of the Broncos back in 2009.
The Lions need major upgrades at the cornerback position, either through the draft or free agency.
Despite speculation the veteran defensive tackle and receiver will be cut to give Detroit some salary cap space, the Lions general manager says there are no plans to release them or restructure their contracts.
So far, all has been quiet for the Detroit Lions this offseason. The Lions have not signed any free agents, have not re-signed any of their own players whose contracts have expired, and have not given any indication as to how they will approach the upcoming draft.
For this article, I’ll play Martin Mayhew and tell you how this offseason will pan out for Detroit.
Before I jump...
The Lions won a minor victory when they appealed a tampering fine last winter, delaying the loss of a draft pick from last year's lockout-interrupted off-season to this April's draft.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press, the Lions met with Tony Fleming on Saturday, whose the agent of cornerback Eric Wright, to try and get a long-term deal worked out.
“He had a solid season for us,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Friday per the Free-Press. “He had good production; 74 tackles, four picks, 16 (pass breakups), started 16, which we haven’t...
Former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders is divorcing WDIV weekend anchor Lauren Campbell Sanders after 10 years, according to reports.
Palmer played all 16 games and contributed mostly on special teams for the Lions each of the last two years. Had he been tendered, he would have been guaranteed a one-year deal worth about $1.3 million, a steep price for a backup on a team with salary-cap issues.
The fourth-year linebacker, who would have earned $1.3 million in 2012 as a restricted free agent, could still return to Detroit if he agrees to a lower salary.
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Last week on PFT Live, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press suggested that the Lions could cut receiver Nate Burleson and defensive lineman Corey Williams in order to free up cap space. On Friday, Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew was clear: Both men will be back in 2012, at their current salaries. According to Tim…