Veteran tight end Lee Smith will leave the Buffalo Bills to sign with the Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, according to a tweet Tuesday afternoon from ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Smith, 27, played the past four seasons with the Bills, appearing in 56 games with 34 starts. Primarily a blocker, he made 20 receptions for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Smith was also a visible presence in the Western New York community, taking on an active role in leading the P.U.N.T. Foundation -- an organization started by former Bills punter Brian Moorman that offers support for children battling cancer.
The Raiders, flush with cap space, are reportedly giving Smith a three-year contract in the range of $9 million, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Caplan.
The Bills are expected to aggressively pursue Dolphins tight end Charles Clay in free agency. If they are successful in signing him, Clay would join Scott Chandler, MarQueis Gray and Chris Gragg on the Bills' roster at tight end.