Raiders will sign tight end Derek Carrier

by Leon Thompson March 14, 2018, 5:46
Raiders will sign tight end Derek Carrier

After spending one season listed on the Eagles roster but not seeing any action that same season, Carrier spent two seasons with the 49ers and Raiders coach Jon Gruden's brother, Jay, with the Redskins, respectively.

When Smith first inked a four-year contract with the Raiders for a whopping $38 million, it was enough to stave off every other suitor in the team's hopes to remedy their pass defense. Last season, Carrier played for the Los Angeles Rams, where he was traded by Washington. Smith was benched early in his Raiders career and failed to lock down a cornerback position that has since been given to last year's first round rookie, Gareon Conley. Gruden recently said at the NFL Combine that, "You need a blocking tight end if you're going to slam the ball with a beast" - presumably referring to the running game with Marshawn Lynch. In any case, Jared Cook is still considered to be the top tight end for the Raiders next season.

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A person familiar with the move said Smith was told Monday that he will be let go before the start of the new league year on Wednesday. Walford played a small role with nine catches for 80 yards. At 6-foot-3 and 238 pounds, receiving isn't Carrier's meal ticket, but he is a far better route runner than Smith is at this stage of the two players' careers. His agreement with the Raiders can become official Wednesday when the NFL's free agency period officially begins.

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