The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft…Waived by Cardinals, Sept. 5, 2004…Re-signed by Cardinals to practice squad, Sept. 6, 2004…Signed by Cardinals to active roster, Dec. 15, 2004…Waived by Cardinals, Sept. 4, 2005…Re-signed by Cardinals to practice squad, Sept. 8, 2005…Signed by Cardinals to active roster, Oct. 6, 2005…Re-signed by Cardinals as exclusive rights free agent, April 5, 2007…Re-signed by Cardinals as restricted free agent, April 3, 2008…Signed by Houston Texans as an unrestricted free agent, March 1, 2009…Signed by Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, March 14, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Versatile, veteran defensive lineman enters his first season with the Raiders after signing with the team in the offseason…Has played in 127-of-128 games over the past eight seasons, starting 109 of them…Played the previous five seasons with the Houston Texans, helping the team to back-to-back AFC South Division titles from 2011-12…Was named a Pro Bowler after the 2012 campaign, when he posted a career-high seven sacks…Played in 61 games with 39 starts over five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals from 2004-08…Spent the spring of 2005 with the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europe, starting nine games and finishing with 28 tackles, six sacks and one forced fumble while earning All-NFL Europe honors...Career totals include 140 games played with 117 starts, 283 tackles (212 solo), 41.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries and eight passes defensed.
2013 (with Hou.): Started 15 games after being suspended for the first regular season game for an on-field altercation in the preseason…(9/15) vs. Ten.: Recorded three tackles (two solo) and 0.5 sacks…(9/22) at Bal.: Recorded two tackles (two), one sack and one forced fumble…(9/29) vs. Sea.: Tallied four tackles (two) and one sack…(11/3) vs. Ind.: Recorded three tackles (three) and tied his career-high with two sacks…(11/10) at Ari.: Notched three tackles (one)…(11/24) vs. Jac.: Posted 0.5 sacks and one tackle.
2012 (with Hou.): Set career highs with 7.0 sacks and three passes defensed on the season…Named to his first Pro Bowl…Selected as one of the defensive captains for the 2012 season…(9/9) vs. Mia.: Assisted on a sack of Ryan Tannehill in the season opener…(9/16) at Jac.: Made one tackle (one solo) including assisting on a sack…(9/23) at Den.: Made two tackles (one)…(9/30) vs. Ten.: Sacked Matt Hasselbeck for a 1-yard loss, forcing a fumble on the play…(10/8) at NYJ: Registered three tackles…(10/21) vs. Bal.: Registered his third and fourth sacks of the season when he dropped Joe Flacco on consecutive plays in the fourth quarter…(11/18) vs. Jac.: Collected two passes defensed…(11/22) at Det.: Recorded two tackles (two) and one pass defensed…(12/2) at Ten.: Made two tackles, including one sack for a 9-yard loss, one forced a fumble and recovered a fumble…(12/16) vs. Ind.: Sacked Andrew Luck for a 9-yard loss and collected two tackles…(12/23) vs. Min.: Registered a season-high five tackles…(12/30) at Ind.: Collected his seventh sack of the season when he took down Andrew Luck for a loss of 7 yards in the second quarter…Postseason: (1/5/13) vs. Cin.: Collected two tackles in the AFC Wild Card Playoff…(1/13/13) at NE: Made one tackle in the AFC Divisional Playoff.
2011 (with Hou.): Played in and started all 16 games…Named one of the team’s defensive captains for the 2011 season and finished second on the team with 6.5 sacks along with one forced fumble and 25 tackles (19 solos)…(9/11) vs. Ind.: Recorded one sack for a loss of 7 yards and one forced fumble to go along with three tackles (one solo) in the season opener…(9/18) at Mia.: Made two solo tackles, one sack for a loss of 9 yards and one pass defensed…(9/25) at NO: Recorded one sack in his third straight game, for the second time in his career…(10/2) vs. Pit.: Made two solo tackles, including a fourth-quarter sack of Ben Roethlisberger…(10/16) at Bal.: Had three solo tackles and…(1/1/12) vs. Ten.: Sacked Matt Hasselbeck twice in the season finale, giving him a then-career-high 6.5 sacks on the season…Postseason: (1/7/12) vs. Cin.: Sacked Andy Dalton for an 8-yard loss as part of a five-tackle day in the AFC Wild Card Playoff…(1/15/12) at Bal.: Recorded three tackles (two) in the AFC Divisional Playoff.
2010 (with Hou.): Named one of Houston’s defensive captains for the 2010 season…Started all 16 games while registering 38 tackles (23 solo) and four sacks…(9/12) vs. Ind.: Assisted on a sack and had one pass defensed…(10/3) at Oak.: Made four solo tackles, two sacks and one forced a fumble…(10/17) vs. KC: Recorded three tackles (two solo) and had one pass defensed…(11/7) vs. SD: Had four solo tackles and assisted on a sack…(11/21) at NYJ: Registered four tackles (two)…(11/28) vs. Ten.: Notched two tackles (one)…(12/19) at Ten.: Collected his fourth sack of the season as part of a three-tackle day…(1/2/11) vs. Jac.: Assisted on three tackles.
2009 (with Hou.): Made 34 tackles including 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his first season with Houston…(9/13) vs. NYJ: Made his Texans debut, starting at defensive end and recording three solo tackles and one forced fumble…(10/4) vs. Oak.: Made two solo tackles and recovered a fumble…(10/18) at Cin.: Assisted on one tackle and recovered a fumble…(11/1) at Buf.: Made his first sack as a Texan and had two tackles (two solo)…(11/8) at Ind.: Had two solo tackles, one sack for a loss of 6 yards and one forced fumble…(11/23) vs. Ten.: Made three solo tackles, including one for a loss…(12/6) at Jac.: Registered a half sack for a 10-yard loss of David Garrard, finishing with three total tackles…(12/20) at StL.: Made four tackles (three), including a sack of Keith Null for a loss of 8 yards…(12/27) at Mia.: Had two tackles (one), and combined with DT Jeff Zgonina for a sack of Chad Henne for a loss of 8 yards.
2008 (with Ari.): Started 10 regular season games and three playoff games for the NFC Champion Cardinals, including Super Bowl XLII…Finished with 41 total tackles (31 solo), 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries…(11/16) at Sea.: Recorded three solo tackles and his first sack of the season for an 8-yard loss…(11/27) at Phi.: Recorded four tackles (two solo) and a .5 sacks…(12/14) at Min.: Started and recorded a season-high five solo tackles and one sack…(12/28) vs. Sea.: Made three solo tackles and one sack in playoff-clinching win…Postseason: (1/3/09) vs. Atl.: Had three solo tackles and a sack in NFC Wild Card Playoff win…(1/10/09) at Car.: Started and recorded two solo tackles and one sack in NFC Divisional Playoff win…(1/18/09) vs. Phi.: Started and had one solo tackle in NFC Championship Game victory…(2/1/09) vs. Pit.: Started and notched two tackles, including one solo, in Super Bowl XLII.
2007 (with Ari.): Started 13-of-16 games and registered a career-high 44 tackles and 5.5 sacks while finishing tied for third in the NFL in fumble recoveries with three…(9/10) at SF: Recovered a second-quarter fumble at 49ers 36-yard line to set up a TD in the season opener…(9/16) vs. Sea.: Led team with one sack in the home opener…(9/30) vs. Pit.: Collected four total tackles (four solo) and recorded one sack…(10/14) vs. Car.: Recorded one sack to set a then-single-season career high with 3.5 sacks in six games…(11/11) vs. Det.: Totaled one forced fumble and recovered a fumble and advanced it to the Arizona 49 yard-line in the third quarter that led to a TD…(12/2) vs. Cle.: Recovered first-quarter fumble.
2006 (with Ari.): Appeared in all 16 games for the first time in his career, starting eight, while also recording 25 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries…(9/24) vs. StL: Recovered his first career fumble late in the fourth quarter…(10/1) at Atl.: Had four tackles, while registering his first sack of the season when he corralled Michael Vick in the second quarter…(10/16) vs. Chi.: Earned his first start of the season at defensive tackle and collected one tackle…(12/3) at StL.: Collected three tackles and .5 sacks…(12/10) vs. Sea.: Had four tackles and one sack…(12/17) vs. Den.: Collected a season-high five tackles and one fumble recovery, which he picked up and ran back four yards for a TD.
2005 (with Ari.): Appeared in 11 games on the season, starting eight and posted 16 tackles and three sacks…(11/13) at Det.: Made his first career start and recorded four tackles, including one for a loss…(11/27) vs. Jac.: Recorded one tackle and one forced fumble…(12/18) at Hou.: Recorded his first two career sacks, bringing down David Carr while also adding three tackles…(1/1/06) at Ind.: Sacked Jim Sorgi for his third sack of the season.
2004 (with Ari.): Signed to the 53-man active roster on Dec. 15 after spending the first 13 weeks as a member of the practice squad…(12/19) vs. StL.: Made his NFL debut along the defensive line.
COLLEGE: Two-year starter at Oklahoma State after transferring from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College…Though senior season was shortened by leg injury, still managed to record two-year totals of 60 tackles (30 solos), 8.5 sacks, 13 tackles for a loss, seven quarterback pressures and three pass deflections in 24 games…As a senior, garnered All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention by the league’s coaches…Played in 11 games and finished with 29 tackles (14 solos), five sacks, seven tackles for a loss, and one pass deflection…Opened the season with six tackles vs. Nebraska, added quarterback sacks in consecutive games vs. Southwest Missouri and Southern Methodist…Collected six tackles and two sacks vs. Texas Tech, followed with six more stops vs. Oklahoma…All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention in his first year with the Cowboys…Started 11 games at left defensive end, recording 31 tackles (16 solos) with 3.5 sacks, six tackles for a loss and two pass deflections…First appearance in OSU uniform resulted in three tackles vs. Louisiana Tech…Added four stops and one sack against UCLA, seven tackles and a stop for loss vs. Southern Methodist…Three tackles, one sack, and a hurry to force an interception vs. Nebraska…Registered sacks in consecutive games vs. Texas Tech and Baylor…Collected three stops and one tackle for loss vs. Southern Mississippi in the Houston Bowl.
PERSONAL: Attended John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, Okla. where he was named all-city and honorable mention all-state as a senior…Did not begin playing football until ninth grade at the urging of a friend…Also lettered in track and earned all-city recognition in shot put.
During Monday's open locker room session, DL Antonio Smith spoke about whether or not he will try to recruit free agents to come to Oakland.