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Dec 17 2017 Oakland CA USA Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith reacts after intercepts a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum. Mandatory Credit Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Rams tight end Derek Carrier, right, is tackled by San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Derek Carr might be throwing to someone with the same nine letters in his name, as the Raiders will sign tight end Derek Carrier, a source told the Bay Area News Group.

When Smith first inked a four-year contract with the Raiders for a whopping $38 million, it was enough to stave off every other suitor in the team's hopes to remedy their pass defense. He would be waived by the Raiders months later before being added by the Philadelphia Eagles to their practice squad. Smith was benched early in his Raiders career and failed to lock down a cornerback position that has since been given to last year's first round rookie, Gareon Conley.

During his stint with the Rams, Carrier recorded just 71 receiving yards on eight catches and 11 targets across 14 games of action.




Carrier has 36 career receptions for 327 yards and a touchdown since entering the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent from Beloit, a Div. III college in Wisconsin.

Oakland veteran tight end Lee Smith, who is primarily a blocker, is a pending free agent.

The Raiders also have tight end Jared Cook under contract for next season at a base salary of $5 million and Clive Walford at a base figure of $1.9 million, according to spotrac.com.

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