Raiders add a fullback in Keith Smith

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Raiders coach Jon Gruden said last month that he will be “trying to throw the game back to 1998″ in his return to the sideline after a long spell in the broadcast booth and you can’t be a throwback in pro football without a fullback.

Gruden got one on Thursday. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Raiders have signed former Cowboys fullback Keith Smith to a two-year deal worth $4.2 million.

Smith spent the last four years in Dallas and moved from linebacker to fullback two years ago. He was in on about 12 percent of the offensive snaps while playing in every game each of the last two years and got 10 touches (eight catches, two carries) over that span.

Smith was also a regular on special teams for the Cowboys and that figures to be the case in Oakland unless Gruden’s time machine dials up some really old-school offensive looks.

7 responses to “Raiders add a fullback in Keith Smith

  1. This guy, man let me tell you about this guy right here man, he’s a FULL back man. Not a half back, no he’s a full back with a leather helmet man. A throwback. Man I love throwback jerseys man, always look so good with a nice pair of slacks. Real respectable attire for a football game ya know?

  2. Keith Smith is a very underrated player. Versitile and a team first guy, good for him to get money he otherwise wouldn’t have been offered by the Cowboys.

  3. Will the off-season championship ever turn into a regular season or post season championship? Gruden playing checkers while everyone else plays chess.

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