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Lions sign DT Smith

The Lions didn't waste any time getting defensive tackle Shaun Smith signed after losing defensive Jared DeVries to a ruptured Achilles' tendon earlier Monday afternoon.

The Associated Press reported that the Lions inked Smith — who had been cut by the Browns just two days earlier after starting 19 games in two seasons in Cleveland — to a one-year, $1 million contract.

The 6-foot-2, 325-pound Smith had been playing defensive end in the Browns' 3-4 alignment, but will play inside for the Lions. Pending more moves, that likely pushes Ikaika Alama-Francis — who had been practicing primarily at tackle — back to end to bolster the numbers on the outside.

DeVries, who started 29 games the past three seasons for Detroit, will have surgery to repair the injured tendon.

In other moves, the Lions cut linebacker Curtis Gatewood and brought back Eastern Michigan grad Spenser Smith, giving them a whopping total of five Smiths on the roster.


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