The Tennessee Titans have made plenty of “big” moves this off-season with their additions of players like Adam Humphries, Roger Saffold and Ryan Tannehill.
But while the big moves are critical to a team’s success, the little moves can be equally important.
And there’s a little move the Titans should make in the coming days.
On Thursday, the Oakland Raiders released veteran tight end Lee Smith, who has played eight seasons in the NFL (four with the Buffalo Bills and four with the Raiders).
Smith, who is from Powell, TN, is a blocking tight end who could replace outgoing blocking tight end Luke Stocker (who signed with the Atlanta Falcons earlier this off-season).
The former Marshall standout appeared in all 32 games for the Raiders over the last two seasons (with 13 starts).
Smith is probably best known for his rant last year in defense of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.
The former Raider has several connections to the Titans. Todd Downing, the Titans’ new tight ends coach, was on the staff at Buffalo and Oakland during parts of Smith’s time with those franchises.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 2, 2019
There’s also the fact that Smith was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in 2011. Titans general manager Jon Robinson was the director of college scouting at the time. Smith was waived just before the start of the 2011 season due to the presence of Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Alge Crumpler.
By the way, Smith’s relationship with Downing and Robinson (and the state of Tennessee) isn’t the only reason the Titans should sign the 31 year old tight end. Smith can play at a high level. He was graded as the second best tight end in the AFC West last season.
2018’s highest-graded tight ends from the AFC West pic.twitter.com/UBGkVIPT7L
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 21, 2019
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