The Oakland Raiders announced on Thursday that they have waived tight end Lee Smith on the same day that they signed draft pick Foster Moreau to a contract.
Smith was a former fifth-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 2011 out of Tennessee. After beginning his career with the Buffalo Bills for four seasons, Smith spent the last four seasons with the Raiders.
He is known more for his blocking ability as a tight end, but in 51 career games with the Raiders he did have 36 catches for 248 yards and four touchdowns.
The 2019 season was a career-year for Smith in terms of finding pay dirt as he caught 10 passes for 73 yards and three touchdowns while appearing in all 16 games.
With the departures of both Smith and Jared Cook, the Raiders tight end room should look a lot different this season. In addition to Moreau, Darren Waller, and Derrick Carrier are also expected to see time at the position.
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden recently said that with Cook no longer in the mix, Waller will get a golden opportunity to seize the starting job during training camp.