Lions sign former Saints WR to reserve/future contract

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The burgeoning reserve/future contract stable of players for the Detroit Lions keeps growing. A day after inking offensive lineman Netane Muti to a deal, the Lions locked up wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith to a future contract.

Smith, 28, spent the 2023 season with the Denver Broncos. He played in one game, notching 10 snaps and no stats for Denver. Smith is best known for his years with the New Orleans Saints.

A third-round pick out of UCF in the 2018 NFL draft, Smith started 35 games in five seasons in New Orleans. His best season came in 2020, when the 6-foot-1 Smith caught 34 passes for 448 yards and four touchdowns. He suffered a groin injury at the end of the 2023 preseason and was placed on I.R. by the Saints, then migrated to the Broncos after being released from the I.R.

Smith is known for his vertical speed (4.49 at the 2018 combine) and impressive catch radius. During his time in New Orleans, he played under Lions coach Dan Campbell and others currently on the Lions staff.

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