Chris Smith NFL: Defensive lineman Chris Smith is a free agent despite signing a deal with the raiders. Adam Schefter said via twitter that the Las Vegas team released former veteran.
According to an article from Yahoo sports Smith entered the NFL as a Jaguars fifth-round pick in 2014 and spent three seasons with the team. He spent one year with the Bengals after a trade and was a member of the Browns until he was placed on waivers last December.
Raiders released veteran defensive lineman Chris Smith.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2020
After spending the 2017 campaign with the Bengals, Smith spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons with the Browns. He signed with the Panthers earlier this offseason, but he was cut by the organization in late July. He caught on with the Raiders a few weeks later
Chris Smith NFL Stats
Smith has 67 tackles, 4.5 sacks and three forced fumbles over the course of his career.
In total, the 28-year-old has seen time in 60 regular-season games (two starts), compiling 67 tackles and 8.5 sacks. His 2017 and 2018 seasons proved to be two of the best of his career, as he averaged 15.5 tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble per year.
Smith previously was a fifth-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014. Since then, he has played for the Jaguars, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Cleveland Browns.
The former Arkansas Razorback got the most significant playing time of his career in the last three seasons. He appeared 41 games and made two starts after only playing in 19 games his first three seasons.
But aside from that, the Raiders have made multiple efforts to beef up their defensive line ahead of the season, bringing in players like Maliek Collins to add to Maxx Crosby and Clelin Ferrell.