DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11: Alphonso Smith #27 of the Detroit Lions scores during the second quarter after intercepting a pass from Christian Pondner #7 of the Minnesota Vikings during the game at Ford Field on December 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Vikings 34-28. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
In a move that doesn't really come as a huge surprise, the Detroit Lions have released cornerback Alphonso Smith, according to Pro Football Talk. This means Smith won't be one of the cornerbacks on the 53-man roster, leaving the door open for the likes of Kevin Barnes, Justin Miller and even Jonte Green.
Smith joined the Lions during the final round of roster cuts in 2010 via a trade. He started 10 games in 2010 and put together a really good season. He had eight pass defenses and five interceptions and showed a lot of promise.
Last season, Smith struggled to get things going after a foot injury kept him sidelined for quite some time. Once he did finally get a chance to see the field, he was very inconsistent, which is something we saw toward the end of 2010. He did end up finishing with six pass defenses and three interceptions, but he needed a strong camp to make the team again. That did not end up happening, and now he is no longer a Lion.