Dwight Smith Takes Less with Lions

Dwight Smith signed a two-year deal with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, but he isn't going to make as much money in 2008 as he would have as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.

Dwight Smith and Rod Marinelli have been coach and player on the same team before, but at that time it was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Smith was a safety saying he should have been MVP of the Super Bowl and Marinelli was a defensive line coach.

Since then, Marinelli has become the head coach of the Detroit Lions and Smith joined the New Orleans Saints, then the Minnesota Vikings, and is now reunited with Marinelli at Detroit.

Smith signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Lions on Wednesday, one that included a $350,000 signing bonus, according to the Detroit News.

The Vikings released Smith last week after a productive two years on the field and controversy off the field, which is the reason the Vikings didn't give him a signing bonus when they signed him prior to the 2006 season. With the Vikings, he was scheduled to make $2.5 million in 2008 with a $500,000 roster bonus. His cap number was scheduled to be $3.1 million.

Instead, Smith is scheduled to make nearly $2 million dollars in base salary and bonuses with the Lions in 2008.

Smith played at Detroit Central High School and will now play the Vikings twice a year as NFC North rivals. He was a third-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2001, playing four seasons with them, one with the Saints and two in Minnesota. After citations for indecent conduct, marijuana possession (which he pled down to a traffic violation) and at least one reported argument with head coach Brad Childress, the Vikings decided to release him.

He had four interceptions, which tied for the team lead, and 57 tackles for the Vikings last year.

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