Another cup of coffee: Stampeders sign journeyman NFL OT Eric Smith

Photo courtesy: AP Photo/Vera Nieuwenhuis

The Calgary Stampeders have signed American offensive lineman Eric Smith to their training camp roster.

After going unselected in the 2017 NFL Draft, Smith signed with Miami as an undrafted free agent. The 28-year-old has spent the past seven seasons bouncing around the NFL, spending time with the Dolphins, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, New York Giants on two occasions, and New York Jets in three separate stints. He has appeared in just four games over that span.

The six-foot-four, 321-pound blocker played his college football at the University of Virginia, becoming just the fourth true freshman in school history to start games at the tackle position. Over four seasons with the Cavaliers, he appeared in 45 games and made 44 career starts, including 36 consecutive at right tackle to end his tenure. That earned him an invitation to the prestigious Senior Bowl in 2017.

The Stampeders will open the 2024 regular season on Friday, June 7 when they host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at McMahon Stadium.