The Raiders will have a Super Bowl MVP on the roster next season. They’ve agreed to terms on a contract with former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, an NFL source confirmed on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after the start of NFL free agency.
Terms and length of the contract were not immediately known.
Smith’s acquisition was expected, so there was little surprise when his agreement became official. The 25-year old has a strong connection with new Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., who was Seahawks linebackers coach during Smith’s pro career.
Smith will add needed depth at linebacker. He’s primarily been a weakside linebacker, but there’s a belief that he could compete at middle linebacker.
He’ll see more snaps in Oakland than he did as a reserve behind an excellent Seahawks linebacker corps. He started five games last year and had a career-high eight starts in 2013.
Smith comes to the Raiders with a similar background as middle linebacker Nick Roach, who was a career sub in Chicago that played primarily played on the outside. Roach moved to the middle in Oakland and thrived in 2013. A concussion kept him out in 2014 and ruined his tenure in Oakland, but Smith might be an option to replace him.
The Raiders are expected to add more linebacker depth as free agency wears on.