The Redskins are expected to sign veteran tight end Alex Smith on Tuesday afternoon, a league source confirmed to CSN Mid-Atlantic.
Smith, who played for Redskins Coach Jay Gruden in 2013 when Gruden was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator, will replace Derek Carrier, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Bears.
Smith, 33, has played 121 games (including 56 starts) for four NFL teams spread over 10 seasons. His 2014 campaign was cut short after just two games due a torn biceps. He most recently had a short stint in New Orleans’ training camp but was cut last August and has not played a down in the NFL this season.
Gruden was also on the staff in Tampa Bay when Smith was drafted by the Bucs out of Stanford in 2005.
”He'll do exactly what he's told,” Gruden told Bengals.com in 2013, referring to Smith. “He'll do the right thing. Plays smart. Runs good routes, he can block in-line. He's a solid all-around tight end.”
Gruden added: “There's really not a weakness that he has. He's not a great blocker or a great receiver, but he's very good at everything he does. To have a guy do both is equally important, and to have a security blanket like that for three tight ends (alignments) or if someone gets dinged, that's important."
Smith (6 foot 4, 250-pounds) worked out for the Redskins on Tuesday morning. He’ll become the third tight end on the roster, joining starter Jordan Reed and an inexperienced Je’Ron Hamm.