Chris Smith
Smith with the Bengals in 2017.
No. 92 – Houston Texans
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1992-02-11) February 11, 1992 (age 29)
Salisbury, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:266 lb (121 kg)
Career information
High school:West Rowan
(Mount Ulla, North Carolina)
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 5 / Pick: 159
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2021
Total tackles:72
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at

Chris Smith (born February 11, 1992) is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Smith has also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. He played college football at Arkansas.

Early years

Smith attended West Rowan High School in Mount Ulla, North Carolina. As a senior, he had 98 tackles and 16.5 sacks.

College career

As a true freshman in 2010, Smith played in six games, recording three tackles. As a sophomore in 2011, he played in 13 games with three starts. He had 31 tackles and 3.5 sacks. As a junior in 2012, he started all 12 games, recording 52 tackles and 9.5 sacks. As a senior in 2013, he had 37 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 12 games.

As a senior in 2013, Smith was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.[1]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
266 lb
(121 kg)
34+18 in
(0.87 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.71 s 4.46 s 7.55 s 37.0 in
(0.94 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
28 reps
All values from NFL Combine[2]

Jacksonville Jaguars

Smith was selected 159th overall in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The pick that was used to select Smith was acquired in a trade that sent Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens.

He was released by the Jaguars on September 13, 2014. Two days later, he was then signed to their practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on October 20.

Cincinnati Bengals

On April 11, 2017, the Jaguars traded Smith to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for a 2018 conditional draft pick.[3] Smith was brought in to help a Bengals defense that finished 19th in the league in sacks the previous season. He played in all 16 games, recording a career-high 26 tackles and three sacks.

Cleveland Browns

Smith in 2018
Smith in 2018

On March 14, 2018, Smith signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.[4][5] He played in 16 games with two starts, recording 21 combined tackles, one sack, two passes defensed, and a forced fumble.

On December 3, 2019, Smith was waived by the Browns. He played in nine games, recording just one tackle.[6]

Carolina Panthers

On March 5, 2020, Smith signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers.[7] On July 30, 2020, Smith was released by the Panthers.[8]

Smith had a tryout with the Las Vegas Raiders on August 23, 2020.[9]

Las Vegas Raiders

Smith was signed by the Las Vegas Raiders on August 24, 2020.[10] He was released on September 5, 2020, and signed to the practice squad the next day.[11][12] He was elevated to the active roster on October 10, October 31, November 7, November 21, and November 28 for the team's weeks 5, 8, 9, 11, and 12 games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Chiefs, and Atlanta Falcons, and reverted to the practice squad after each game.[13][14][15][16][17] He was signed to the active roster on December 12, 2020.[18]

Baltimore Ravens

On July 27, 2021, Smith signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.[19] He was released on August 31, 2021 and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[20][21] He was released on October 19, 2021.[22]

Houston Texans

On September 3, 2021, Smith was signed to the Houston Texans practice squad.[23]

Personal life

On September 11, 2019, Petara Cordero, Smith's girlfriend and the mother of one of his three children, was killed after being struck by a passing car after exiting Smith's car, which had become disabled after hitting a median.[24][25]


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  2. ^ "Chris Smith Combine Profile". Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Sessler, Marc (April 11, 2017). "Jaguars trade pass-rusher Chris Smith to Bengals".
  4. ^ Gribble, Andrew (March 15, 2018). "Browns add experience, talent all across roster with 7 free agent signings".
  5. ^ Williams, Charean (March 13, 2018). "Report: Browns agree to terms with Chris Smith".
  6. ^ "Browns sign DT Justin Zimmer, make other roster moves". December 3, 2019.
  7. ^ Henson, Max (March 5, 2020). "Panthers sign DE Chris Smith to one-year deal".
  8. ^ Simmons, Myles (July 30, 2020). "Panthers release kicker Graham Gano". Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  9. ^ @AlbertBreer (August 23, 2020). "And here's today's tryout/visit list. Ex-Ohio State QB Cardale Jones and ex-Lions RB Theo Riddick worked out for Vegas" (Tweet). Retrieved August 24, 2020 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Raiders sign veteran DE Chris Smith to one-year deal". Raiders Wire. August 24, 2020. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  11. ^ "Raiders announce transactions for initial 53-man roster". September 5, 2020.
  12. ^ "Raiders announce practice squad additions". September 6, 2020.
  13. ^ Bouda, Nate (October 10, 2020). "Raiders Elevate DEs Datone Jones and Chris Smith To Active Roster". Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  14. ^ Damien, Levi (October 31, 2020). "Raiders plans for improving stagnant pass rush vs Browns includes Chris Smith but not David Irving". Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  15. ^ @Raiders (November 7, 2020). "We have activated DE Chris Smith and OL Jaryd Jones-Smith from the practice squad. We have also activated DT Daniel Ross from the Reserve/Injured – Designated For Return List" (Tweet). Retrieved December 13, 2020 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Gutierrez, Paul (November 21, 2020). "Las Vegas Raiders activate 7 off reserve/COVID-19 list". Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  17. ^ Bouda, Nate (November 28, 2020). "NFL Transactions: Saturday 11/28". Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  18. ^ Damien, Levi (December 12, 2020). "Raiders send FS Jeff Heath to injured reserve, sign DL Chris Smith from the practice squad". Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  19. ^ Brown, Clifton (July 27, 2021). "Ravens Sign Veteran Defensive End Chris Smith".
  20. ^ Mink, Ryan (August 31, 2021). "Ravens Make Cuts to 53. Here's the Full List".
  21. ^ Mink, Ryan (September 1, 2021). "Ravens Sign 14 Players to Practice Squad".
  22. ^ Mink, Ryan (October 19, 2021). "Ravens Sign Former First-Round Guard to Practice Squad".
  23. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (11-3-2021)". November 3, 2021.
  24. ^ Jake Trotter (September 11, 2019). "Girlfriend of Browns' Smith killed in accident". Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  25. ^ Allen Kim (September 17, 2019). "Browns defensive end Chris Smith played a week after his girlfriend was killed in a car accident". Retrieved September 17, 2019.