Raiders release Sean Smith, who faces jail time

Sean Smith will be released by Oakland Raiders

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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.

The Oakland Raiders are releasing cornerback Sean Smith to create more salary cap room heading into free agency. Ellis had agreed to the deal last week to stay off the free-agent market but it was not announced until Monday.

The charges stem from an incident last off-season when Smith reportedly beat his sister's boyfriend.


The report also said the Raiders will cut ties with Smith and that the cornerback will be sentenced to one year in jail and three years of probation as part of his plea agreement. He allowed opposing quarterbacks to post a 116.5 passer rating when targeting him in 2016, according to SportRadar. Smith endured a handful of benchings over the past two seasons and finished previous year as the 76th player at his position, per Pro Football Focus.

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.

Ellis was originally a fourth-round pick by Oakland in 2014. Plus, Carrie is a free agent. Last season, he lost his starting job to TJ Carrie before becoming one of the Raiders' better defenders in the last month of the season.

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