The Lions have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with running back Kevin Smith, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew confirmed to reporters Tuesday at the owners meetings in Florida.
Smith played in seven games with the Lions last season after signing mid-season to help bolster a running back position decimated by injuries.
Smith was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after a 201-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Panthers in his first game back with the team last season.
“He’s a versatile back,” Mayhew said. “He can do a lot of things. He’s really good on third down, a good pass protector and a very intelligent football player.”
Smith’s signing is good for the Lions. He adds depth to the unit behind Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best. Leshoure missed all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon and Best missed the last 10 games with a concussion.
“Kevin is a good back, his problem obviously has been the number of injuries he’s had and just trying to overcome those,” said Mayhew.
Smith has had knee, shoulder and ankle injuries over the last three seasons.
He was a third-round pick by the Lions out of Central Florida in 2008 and started most of his first two seasons in the NFL. The team did not offer him a restricted free agent tender before last season, which made him a free agent.
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