Raiders to release CB Sean Smith

Aubrey Yates
March 13, 2018

The Oakland Raiders have released veteran cornerback Sean Smith.

Smith was set to make $8.25 million in base salary in 2018, and his release comes with no dead money against Oakland's cap. Shortly after his release the LA Times' Nathan Fenno reported that Smith will plead guilty Tuesday to a felony count of assault with great bodily injury related to an altercation in Pasadena a year ago. Fenno reports Smith will plead guilty to the charge and accept one year of jail time along with three years of probation.

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Smith was charged with felony assault last August after allegedly attacking his sister's boyfriend. He originally faced up to seven years in prison.

With his release from Oakland, with the legal issues around him as baggage, it will be interesting to see if any teams are willing to take a chance on him.

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On the field, Smith's play last season was inconsistent.

Smith's release leaves even more uncertainty in the Raiders' cornerback corps with only Gareon Conley, Antonio Hamilton and Dexter McDonald the safe bets to be back among the group.

The Raiders had about $15.8 million in cap space before shedding Smith's contract, according to overthecap.com, though that figure was likely smaller after they agreed last Friday to a new contract with defensive tackle Justin Ellis reportedly worth $15 million over three years.

Carrie is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday and is free to talk to potential suitors this week.

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