The Raiders released Smith on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Smith was a late addition to training camp, signing Aug. 25 with a little over a week left. The 28-year-old defensive end failed to make enough of an impact to retain a reserve role, as Las Vegas opted to keep Arden Key and Carl Nassib as the primary backups to Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby.
Smith signed a contract with the Raiders on Tuesday. Smith was cut by the Panthers on Aug. 1, but he has an opportunity to secure a depth role with the Raiders. Over the last three seasons, he's played in 41 games and recorded 58 tackles, four sacks and five pass breakups.
Smith signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Smith played a reserve role in Cleveland for the last two years, totaling 22 tackles and three pass breakups over 25 games. There's steep competition in front of him in Carolina, so he's far from a lock to make Carolina's roster once the preseason concludes.
Smith was waived by the Browns on Tuesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Smith was a healthy scratch for Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh, as he apparently fell out of favor in the defensive line rotation. The 27-year-old had one assisted tackle in nine games while working in a rotational role.
Smith will start in place of Olivier Vernon (knee) in the team's Week 12 contest against the Dolphins, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Smith has not played more than 40 percent of the team's defensive snaps in any game this season, even with Vernon absent. However, with Myles Garrett (suspension) also unavailable, Smith should be in line for a bigger role in Week 12.
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