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Old 02-15-2008   #1
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http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/rumors/p...?urn=nfl,60184

Saw Via FFutures we're supposedly interested.
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Default Re: Joe Smith via CFL?

The link you provided says nothing about the Texans. Where is that link?
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Default Re: Joe Smith via CFL?

What link? I said via FF.
http://www.footballsfuture.com/phpBB...c.php?t=199987

If that helps. But I couldn't get his link to work. Should I have posted this in the NFL section instead? If so would you move it there for me ?
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The link does mention that the Texans were looking at Smith.


Here's his history..........seems like he would be the perfect fit for our primary RB............Big bruiser with speed.......and not too old.........and he's a Texan........

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Joseph O’Brien "Joe" Smith (born August 26, 1979) is a professional football player with the Canadian Football League BC Lions. Smith plays the running back position with the Lions, and wears jersey number #33. In 2007, in only his second season with the team, Smith became the Lions' all time single-season rushing leader (breaking the previous record of 1,510 yards).

Born in Monroe, Louisiana, Smith's hometown is Cleveland, Texas.

College career

Smith played collegiately as a running back at Louisiana Tech University for 2 years following his transfer from the New Mexico Military Institute. At Louisiana Tech, Smith rushed for 2,189 yards and added 450 receiving yards to go along with 25 touchdowns. As a senior, Smith was selected to the First Team All-Western Athletic Conference Team and was named his team's offensive Most Valuable Player.

Smith graduated from Louisiana Tech with a bachelor's degree in sociology.


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Following his graduation from Louisiana Tech, Smith began his professional football career in 2003 as a free agent running back with the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, he was cut after spending 15 weeks on the practice squad.

In 2005, following his release from Jacksonville and a one-week stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Smith signed with the Tennessee Titans and was allocated to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europa where he became the team's starting running back.


CFL career (BC Lions)

Smith signed as a free agent with the BC Lions in May, 2006, and replaced Antonio Warren as their starting running back when Warren was released in July. In 14 games with the Lions during the 2006 season, Smith rushed 166 times for 887 yards and 9 touchdowns with only 2 fumbles and caught 51 passes for 420 yards and one touchdown.

Smith rushed for 116 yards on 9 carries in the 2006 Grey Cup game, which the Lions won over the Montreal Alouettes by a score of 25-14.

During the 2007 CFL season, Smith broke former Lion great Cory Philpot's single season rushing record of 1,510 yards in an October 28 game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Smith finished the 2007 season as the CFL's rushing and rushing touchdowns leader (with 1,510 yards and 18 touchdowns, respectively), was named a CFL All-Star for the first time, and won the Western Division's Eddie James Memorial Trophy (as the Western Division's leading rusher).
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OK, it's from an article in the Vancouver Province

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Smith auditions for Texans

Tailback's 11th-hour tryout could change B.C.'s picture


Lowell Ullrich, The Province

Published: Friday, February 15, 2008


Wally Buono will not lose sleep waiting to find out if he is to be named the CFL's coach of the year for the second season running.

The Lions coach may, however, sweat for a few hours today until he learns whether he has to adjust his offseason offensive planning to account for the loss of tailback Joe Smith. B.C. hasn't passed through the option-year window unscathed just yet.

The CFL's leading rusher last season has a workout scheduled for today with the NFL's Houston Texans, who would force the Lions to think hard about their run-first approach from last year if they sign Smith to a contract.

CFL players heading into their option years are eligible to sign in the NFL after every season. And Buono historically has made no attempt to extend the contracts of those with a window of opportunity to head south, saying the Lions are not in a position to make an offer that could match even the minimum rookie salary of $295,000 per season in the four-down league.

A contract extension offer for Smith awaits if today's deadline passes favourably for the Lions.

"I'm hoping to stabilize our best running back and offensive line," Buono said earlier this week.

It's simply the timing of the workout that will keep the Lions on edge today. Option-year players have until 1 p.m. today to sign in the NFL before their rights revert to their CFL team. It means Houston basically would have to offer and negotiate a deal for Smith on the spot.
So, we should know by today if the Texans are bringing Smith in. Probably not a big money deal, as most CFL players make less than the NFL minimum.

Here's Smith's BC Lion bio
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OK, it's from an article in the Vancouver Province

So, we should know by today if the Texans are bringing Smith in. Probably not a big money deal, as most CFL players make less than the NFL minimum.

Here's Smith's BC Lion bio
He won't be a Texan

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/n...839750&k=60360


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Joe Smith, the league rushing leader last season, will remain a B.C. Lion beyond 2008 after agreeing to a three-year contract with the CFL team today.

Smith worked out this morning for the Houston Texans of the National Football League at the team's practice field near Reliant Stadium but decided to remain with the Lions, said his agent, Harold Lewis.

Lewis said the Texans offered a contract worth about $370,000 a season, but with NFL free agency and the college draft on the horizon there were no guarantees Smith wouldn't be released before training camp started.
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Mendenhall looked better to me anyway.
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Yeah, I know. But it isn't like there is this long tradition of great running backs in the CFL.
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Yeah, I know. But it isn't like there is this long tradition of great running backs in the CFL.
Ricky Willia... oh wait.
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I'm assuming that guarantees we are going into camp with a roster of running backs that includes more than Ahman Green, Ron Dayne, Chris Taylor, and Darius Walker.
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I'm assuming that guarantees we are going into camp with a roster of running backs that includes more than Ahman Green, Ron Dayne, Chris Taylor, and Darius Walker.
Yup, Feb 15 is the unofficial free agent running back signing drop dead date.
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There's every indication that Houston will draft a running back in the first round."
I doubt that Rick Smith told him anything, but I wonder if he heard something we may not have.

Just speculating.
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I doubt that Rick Smith told him anything, but I wonder if he heard something we may not have.

Just speculating.
Ya I thought the same thing.
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I doubt that Rick Smith told him anything, but I wonder if he heard something we may not have.
I think it's an example of "bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush". The Texans weren't guaranteeing Smith's contract, so the $300K+ he's getting in Canada is a safer bet than the possible $370K he might get in the NFL. That the CFL season begins in the summer (while NFL camps are ongoing) also is a consideration, as Smith would miss a big chunk of the CFL year if he were a camp casualty.
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