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Raiders part ways with TE Lee Smith

The Oakland Raiders have released veteran tight end Lee Smith.

Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper goes into more detail in his May 2 article.

According to multiple reports, the team has released Lee Smith.

Smith signed with the Raiders in 2015 and spent the last four years with the team. He caught 36 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns in 51 games ofr the team.

Smith was set to make a salary of $2 million this season and his move will clear just over $1.88 million in cap space.

The Raiders signed their rookie tight end, Foster Moreau, on Thursday. He joins Darren Walker, Derek Carrier, and Luke Willson in the Raiders’ tight end corps, per Alper.

According to CBS Sports, Smith should have no issues finding a new team before the start of training camp in July. The website listed the Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, and Jacksonville Jaguars as possible fits.

Smith should become a valuable backup tight end for any of those teams. The Patriots, in particular, could use some depth at the position after perennial Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski retired in March.

The 31-year-old Smith enters his ninth NFL season. The Patriots made him the 159th overall selection of the 2011 NFL Draft. After New England waived him on September 3, 2011, the Buffalo Bills claimed him off waivers. He spent his next four seasons in upstate New York.

Smith has caught for 392 yards and seven touchdowns on 56 receptions in his eight-year NFL career.