Oakland Raiders to release CB Sean Smith

Oakland Raiders to release CB Sean Smith

The Raiders are releasing cornerback Sean Smith, according to multiple reports, parting with a player who would have been due a significant contract next season and is mired in legal issues. Teams were allowed to start negotiating with prospective free agents beginning Monday morning.

Smith was arrested last August 17 for allegedly assaulting his sister's then-boyfriend, Christopher Woods, last July 4. Two witnesses testified during a preliminary hearing in December that Smith stomped Woods' head as he lay bleeding and unconscious. Fenno reports Smith will plead guilty to the charge and accept one year of jail time along with three years of probation.

"He's pleased that [Smith] is admitting guilt, but the sentence is light,"Woods' attorney Jonathan Dennis said of the plea bargain".

Woods also sued the Raiders and Smith, claiming Sean's "size, strength, and certain offensive techniques" were used as a weapon against him.

Still, given the Raiders' subpar cornerbacks group, Smith was probably the best one among them the second half of the season.

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Newhouse started 14 games at right tackle for the Raiders in 2017, and has played in 100 games with 70 starts over his eight-year National Football League career.

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

Nonetheless, Smith was able to postpone his court date and played 14 games with the Raiders last season, where he made 32 tackles, two assists, and two interceptions.

Ellis was originally a fourth-round pick by Oakland in 2014.

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