According to MLive.com’s Tom Kowalski, Detroit Lions fans shouldn’t get overly excited about getting Alphonso Smith. He was available because the Denver Broncos were likely to cut him.
By all accounts, Smith has been a monumental bust in Denver. The Broncos traded a first-round pick last year so they could trade up and acquire Smith in the second round. He never came close to fulfilling his potential and rarely played.
Things weren’t looking much better for Smith during the preseason, especially with Denver bringing in others to bolster its secondary.
But the Lions gave up a player likely to be cut, as well. Dan Gronkowski was buried behind Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, and Will Heller on the tight end depth chart.
Draft picks are also expected to be included in this trade. More details on that as they become available.