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Kevin Smith Wants To Remain With Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions have had a quiet offseason since getting their coaching staff all signed for next season. There are some free agents that need to be addressed, especially with some question marks at the running back position. Jahvid Best isn't a free agent, but his status for next season is still up in the air following multiple concussions in 2011. To replace him, the team signed Kevin Smith, who spent the previous season with the team.

Smith, to his credit, played very well off the street. He played seven games and had four starts, with 72 carries and 356 yards and four touchdowns. He also had three touchdowns through the air and just under 200 yards receiving. MLive.com reported on Thursday that Smith wants to re-sign with the team, and that he doesn't even really consider himself a free agent:

"In every interview that I've done, even though I'm a free agent, I've referred to the team and me as us," Smith said. "I'm on the Lions roster in my opinion until I'm not on the Lions roster. That says it all."

Other teams might be interested in Smith, seeing as how he's still just 25. The Lions might not re-sign him though, providing Best can return, as they're expecting to have Mikel Leshoure in the backfield. Leshoure was a second-round pick last season but went down with an injury in the preseason and missed the entirety of the season.

Still, it's good to know the Lions have some options available, especially options that are so eager to play for them.

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