Oakland Raiders Re-Sign Lee Smith
The Oakland Raiders are re-signing TE Lee Smith, reports say.
Tom Pelissero tweeted the news out on Wednesday morning. Smith, who was originally signed before the 2015 season, took a pay cut last year to remain with the Raiders.
Veteran TE Lee Smith is re-signing with the #Raiders, source said.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 14, 2018
According to NBC Sports, Gruden and the Raiders signed free agent Derek Carrier on Tuesday, but not to replace Smith. He has reportedly agreed to a three-year contract worth $7 million. Head coach Gruden said
“You need a blocking tight end if you’re going to slam the ball with a beast.”
The Raiders have also re-signed defensive tackle Justin Ellis.
New Raiders TE Derek Carrier to sign three-year deal worth $7 million, source said. Includes $2.3 million guaranteed. He and Lee Smith part of position group where Jared Cook is coming off wrist surgery, sources have said.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 14, 2018