The Las Vegas Raiders continued to add to their roster, plucking another player who recently worked out for them.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday morning that the Raiders are going to sign backup defensive lineman Chris Smith.
Raiders are signing veteran defensive lineman Chris Smith to a one-year deal, per @RosenhausSports.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 24, 2020
Here is a look at the 11 players the Raiders recently worked out:
And here’s today’s tryout/visit list. Ex-Ohio State QB Cardale Jones and ex-Lions RB Theo Riddick worked out for Vegas. pic.twitter.com/5O3EZzpglY— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 23, 2020
Smith will join running back Theo Riddick and linebacker Kyle Emanuel as players from that group to sign with Las Vegas. The Raiders will have to remove someone from the roster to make room for Smith.
He signed with the Panthers in March, but was cut by Carolina in July. The 28 year old played the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Originally, a fifth-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014, Smith also spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Smith’s experience should help in his quest to make the roster, but he is far from a lock to make the team.
Smith also dealt with a personal tragedy last September when his girlfriend, Petara Cordero, was killed when she was struck by a car. She gave birth to their daughter a month earlier.
UPDATE: The Raiders cut defensive end Nick Usher to make room for Smith.