On Monday morning, veteran cornerback Sean Smith was reportedly released by the Oakland Raiders, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. He spent 2017 with the Los Angeles Rams, where Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson was a quarterbacks coach, and the previous two years with the Washington Redskins under coach Jay Gruden, younger brother of Raiders coach Jon Gruden. So far in his career, Carrier, who went to Beloit College, only has 327 receiving yards and a touchdown on 36 receptions in 45 games played. He caught eight passes for 71 yards with the Rams last season.
The Raiders signed Smith the next month but by November 2015, he was suspended for a year after violating the NFL's substance abuse policies. Smith is primarily a blocking tight end, and Gruden professed his liking for those at the combine in Indianapolis.
The Raiders also have tight end Jared Cook under contract for next season at a base salary of $5 million and Clive Walford at a base figure of $1.9 million, according to spotrac.com. Smith was signed as a big-ticket free agent in 2016 to a four-year, $38 million deal. Getting released from the Raiders didn't really change that much about his career: He has been banned from playing since the suspension. Oakland chose not to fork over heaps of cash for either, so we'll see what McKenzie, Gruden and Co.do with the position come the official start off free agency.