Chris Smith, a former National Football League defensive end, passes away at age 31

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Chris Smith played defensive end for the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons as a professional American football player.

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He represented the Arkansas Razorbacks in college football. In the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Smith was chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Las Vegas Raiders, and XFL's Seattle Sea Dragons.

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

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Smith was selected 159th overall in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

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The pick that was used to select Smith was acquired in a trade that sent Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens.

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On September 13, 2014, the Jaguars released Smith. He was added to their practise squad two days later. On October 20, he was added to the active roster.

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On April 11, 2017, the Jaguars traded Smith to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for a 2018 conditional draft pick. 

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He played in all 16 games in 2017, recording a career-high 26 tackles and three sacks. On March 14, 2018, Smith signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Browns. 

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On July 27, 2021, Smith signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens. He was released on August 31, 2021, and signed to the team's practice squad the next day. 

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On October 19, 2021, he was freed. Smith joined the Houston Texans' practise squad on November 3, 2021.

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On December 23, 2021, he received a promotion to the active roster. On March 9, 2023, Smith signed a contract with the Seattle Sea Dragons of the XFL.

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