Rapoport was told that general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Jack Del Rio have been debating Smith's future for weeks, but the lineman's less-than-stellar play last season made this an easy decision on paper. The Raiders save $3.2 million with the move.
It's another reminder of McKenzie's gaffe-prone movements during a 2014 offseason that saw him overpay for a rash of over-the-hill veterans including Matt Schaub, Maurice Jones-Drew and LaMarr Woodley. All three are gone, but the Raiders continue to settle for ineffectual on-field talent with the signings of safety Nate Allen and running back Trent Richardson.
As for Smith, he was a disaster against the run last season but showed well for stretches as a pass rusher. His career is near the end, but we wouldn't be surprised to see the 33-year-old latch on with a team that views him as a better fit than Del Rio did.