Oakland Raiders release CB Sean Smith, who's off to prison

Ross Houston
March 13, 2018

Smith entered a guilty plea on one felony charge of assault with great bodily injury of victim Christopher Woods stemming from a July 4 incident between Smith and Woods.

The move clears $8.5 million in 2018 salary cap space for the Raiders, two days before the start of free agency.

On Monday morning, veteran cornerback Sean Smith was reportedly released by the Oakland Raiders, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Smith was arrested last August 17 for allegedly assaulting his sister's then-boyfriend, Christopher Woods, last July 4.

ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders have released T Marshall Newhouse and CB Sean Smith, the club announced Monday. But he never played up to that level and the Raiders have chose to cut him instead of paying him $8.5 million this year.

When Smith first inked a four-year contract with the Raiders for a whopping $38 million, it was enough to stave off every other suitor in the team's hopes to remedy their pass defense.

Smith has had trouble off the field. His 32 tackles past year matched the fewest since his 2009 rookie season with Miami.

Smith's release underscores the Raiders' needs at cornerback this offseason.

Smith struggled again early in 2017 and was replaced in the starting lineup by TJ Carrie, before finishing the season strong after John Pagano replaced fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. for the final six games.

Smith first reached the National Football League as a member of the Miami Dolphins and spent the first four years of his career as their starting cornerback. The Raiders released David Amerson, a starter last season when he was healthy, in February.

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