Smith agreed to terms on a three-year, $9 million contract with the Bills on Monday.
It will be the second stint in the Queen City for Smith, who previously played for the Bills from 2011-14. The 31-year-old was released by the Raiders on May 2 and spent less then two weeks looking for a new home. Smith is best known for his blocking, with only 56 catches in 107 career games (66 starts). His presence on the roster may leave Jason Croom, Tommy Sweeney and Jake Fisher battling for one spot, as the Bills also have Tyler Kroft and rookie third-round pick Dawson Knox.
Smith was released by the Raiders on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Though now over 31 years old, Smith was still considered one of the better blocking tight ends in the league and his release only clears about $2.6 million in cap space. Regardless of the motive for his dismissal, there's now more of an opportunity for Luke Willson, Darren Waller and fourth-round rookie Foster Moreau to see expanded roles in 2019. Meanwhile, Smith should have no problem landing a new contract in advance of training camp. The Patriots, Texans, Rams and Jaguars all seem like good fits.
Smith caught 10 of 11 targets for 73 yards and three touchdowns while playing all 16 games in 2018.
Smith entered the season with only four career touchdowns but had three straight games with a score late in 2018. The veteran tight end has yet to reach 100 receiving yards in a single season as he enters the second year of his contract in Oakland.
Smith wasn't targeted in the passing game Monday in the Raiders' 27-14 win over the Broncos.
Smith entered the Monday night matchup with touchdowns in the three straight contests, but that production was never likely to be sustained after it came on only three total targets. When the Raiders' lone goal-line opportunity arose early in the fourth quarter, the team declined to look Smith's way and instead handed the ball off to Jalen Richard, who jaunted three yards into the end zone to extend the Oakland lead to 16 points. Expect Smith to function mostly as a blocker in Oakland's season finale against the Chiefs this weekend.
Smith (back) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game versus the Bengals, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
Smith was a limited participant in the final two practices this week but the issues won't affect his game status. The eighth-year pro works mainly in a run-blocking role as Jared Cook takes over as the pass catcher.
Smith was limited during Thursday's practice due to a back injury.
Smith was a new addition to the Raiders' injury report Thursday after practicing in full Wednesday, though his back issue doesn't appear to be too severe. If he's unable to go Sunday against the Bengals, however, Derek Carrier could see additional reps behind starting tight end Jared Cook.
Smith caught his lone target for a three-yard touchdown in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Steelers.
Smith's second score in as many weeks put the Raiders ahead of the Steelers with just over five minutes to play during Sunday's tilt. Fellow tight end Jared Cook exploded for over 100 yards receiving again, but both Smith and Derek Carrier were able to vulture touchdown receptions. Smith's streak of finding the end zone may very well come to an end in Week 15 against the Bengals, but he should continue to provide the Raiders with real-life value as a blocker.
Smith caught a one-yard touchdown pass on his lone target during Sunday's 40-33 loss to the Chiefs.
The Chiefs left Smith wide open in the end zone after the Raiders lined up in goal-line formation on the one-yard line during their fourth-quarter comeback attempt. Smith, who is primarily used as a blocking tight end behind starter Jared Cook, secured his first score since 2015. He's now caught at least one pass in three straight games, but shouldn't foster attention from a fantasy perspective while Cook is healthy.
Smith caught two passes on as many targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Ravens.
Smith is primarily used as a blocker, but the backup tight end has caught a pair of passes in each of the Raiders' past two contests after a five-game drought. His role should remain limited in Week 13 against the Chiefs with starter Jared Cook at full strength.
Smith caught three of four targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 45-42 overtime win over the Browns.
Smith had yet to be targeted all season heading into Week 4, but the backup tight end finally hauled in three passes while quarterback Derek Carr notched 58 attempts. Smith will continue to serve primarily as a blocker while Jared Cook retains his duty as the pass-catching tight end.
Smith was on the field for 22 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Broncos, but he remains without a single target through the first two weeks of the regular season.
Smith continues to fill in as a blocker behind starting tight end Jared Cook, as the former has yet to see a single target from Derek Carr. Fellow backup TE Derek Carrier has recorded three receptions for 25 yards on four targets in two games.
Lee re-signed with the Raiders on a three-year contract Wednesday, Matt Schneidman of the Mercury News reports.
Just a day after Oakland signed fellow tight end Derek Carrier, the team brings back it's top blocking tight end from a season ago in Lee. Carrier also projects as a blocking specialist, so Jared Cook remains the Raiders' most legitimate receiving threat from the position.
Smith caught two of three targets for 16 yards in Monday's 19-10 loss to the Eagles.
Smith received a season-high 44 snaps in Week 16, despite No. 1 tight end Jared Cook (wrist) gaining clearance to play in the contest. Primarily as a blocker this season, Smith could see additional targets Week 17 against the Chargers if Cook were to suffer any sort of setback during practice this week. That being said, Smith's ceiling remains severely limited in a weak Raiders passing attack.
Smith (knee) was a full practice participant Friday and won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Bills.
Smith started the week with a pair of limited practices, but his full participation Friday allowed him to avoid the questionable tag. The 29-year-old should retain his role as the Raiders' secondary tight end against the Bills.
Smith (knee) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Smith started the week not practicing but was a full participant Friday to avoid the questionable tag. The 29-year-old should resume his role as the Raiders' secondary tight end behind Jared Cook.
Smith (knee) was able to participate at Thursday's practice in a limited role.
Smith was a non-participant Wednesday, so he is seemingly moving in the right direction. Clive Alford could potentially see some work in two-tight end sets opposite Jared Cook should Smith be unable to go for Week 6.
Smith missed his third consecutive practice due to an undisclosed reason Thursday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
The reason for Smith's absence in practice throughout the week is unclear, while there's also no indication regarding the severity of the issue. It appears unlikely he'll be able to play in Saturday's preseason matchup against the Cowboys, which would increase the roles of Clive Walford and Gabe Holmes behind starter Jared Cook.
Smith caught two passes on as many targets for 25 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams.
Smith started alongside fellow tight end Jared Cook, who caught just one pass for 16 yards while playing five more snaps. Since Smith is primarily used as a blocker, don't expect him to outproduce Cook on a regular basis, as the latter figures to serve as one of quarterback Derek Carr's top targets behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
Smith (ankle) was active for last Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals.
Smith, who was plagued by an ankle injury for most of last season, served as one of the team's reserve tight ends Saturday and caught one pass for six yards. He's expected to play behind both Jared Cook and Clive Walford this season in Oakland.
Smith (ankle) expects to be healthy in time for the Raiders' offseason program, Jimmy Durkin of The Mercury News reports.
Smith suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 4 and was later placed on injured reserve. He is arguably the Raiders' best blocking tight end and provides a boost to the running game when healthy. On the other hand, Smith amassed only six catches in four games before being injured, a sign that he is not a fantasy producer in Oakland's high-powered offense.
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