The Cleveland Browns today signed free agent tight end Alex Smith, the team announced. In addition, the club waived wide receiver Aaron Valentin and tight end Troy Wagner.
Originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round (71st overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, Smith has appeared in 74 games with 48 starts, recording 132 receptions for 1,277 yards and 11 touchdowns in his five-year NFL career. In 2005, Smith led all NFL rookie tight ends with 41 receptions for 367 yards and two touchdowns. He was acquired by the New England Patriots in a trade for a fifth round draft choice in the 2010 NFL Draft on April 30, 2009. Smith was released by the Patriots on September 5 and then signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on September 8. With the Eagles, he appeared in 16 games with five starts, notching three receptions for 25 yards.
A four-year letterman at Stanford University (2001-04), Smith played in 44 contests with 32 starts, finishing his collegiate career with 107 receptions for 1,291 yards and eight touchdowns. As a senior, Smith garnered first-team All-Pac-10 honors, was a second-team consensus All-American and finished second in the voting for the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end. Born on May 22, 1982, the 6-4, 258-pounder is a native of Denver, Colo., where he attended Mullen High School.