The Cleveland Browns today made a number of roster moves, the most prominent of which was the addition of tight end Alex Smith (6'4", 258 ?). The acquisition of Smith was accompanied by the release of previously signed rookie free agents WR Aaron Valentin and TE Troy Wagner.
Smith's career has been somewhat of a disappointment since he was originally drafted by Tampa Bay near the top of the third round in 2005. Considered one of the best collegiate tight ends when selected, Smith had an excellent rookie season, catching 41 passes for 367 yards.
After five years with the Buccaneers, Smith attracted the attention of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who dealt away one of his cherished draft picks (a fifth-rounder) to acquire Smith for the Patriots. Belichick's interest didn't last, however, as the Patriots waived Smith prior to the season. The Eagles snapped him up several days later, where he caught three passes for 25 yards in 16 games (five starts).
Browns GM Tom Heckert, of course, was with the Eagles organization when Smith played for Philadelphia, and undoubtedly had a hand in the Browns acquisition of the tight end.
Scout.com's Adam Caplan saw Smith up-close with the Eagles last season and had this to say:
"Smith is a former third-round pick of the Buccaneers who has never realized his potential. He is talented, but has been an underachiever. He runs well for his size and is a better than average blocker. However, he fights the ball and lacks good hands.
He may have trouble making the team since it appears they are fairly deep at tight end."?
As with the Patriots, Smith is certainly not guaranteed a roster spot for the Browns and will have to battle Evan Moore, Greg Estandia and Robert Royal on the depth chart behind free agent acquisition Ben Watson.