Raiders sign TE Derek Carrier to a three-year deal

Derek Carr might be throwing to someone with the same nine letters in his name, as the Raiders will sign tight end Derek Carrier, a source told the Bay Area News Group.

The Raiders released Smith on Monday.

Carrier, 27, entered the league as an unrestricted free agent with the Raiders in 2012 out of Beloit College but was waived before the season started. He has been coached by Jay Gruden, Jon's younger brother, and Sean McVay, who's patterned much of his offense and way of operating after Jon. Smith endured a handful of benchings over the past two seasons and finished a year ago as the 76th player at his position, per Pro Football Focus. 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. The Raiders also still have starting tight end Jared Cook under contract.

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Unfortunately, Smith never quite worked out as expected in Oakland, along with a myriad of other acquisitions that continue to plague the Raiders even today. 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. While under contract with Oakland in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, he hadn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2015.

The Raiders can not officially sign Carrier until Wednesday after 1 p.m.

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