Veteran cornerback Sean Smith headed to jail following release from Raiders

Carrie Guzman
March 13, 2018

Below is Oakland's official news release on Monday's transactions. The Raiders released Smith today which wasn't a huge surprise considering his release would free up $8.5 million in cap space, without costing the Raiders any dead cap space. It's also likely that Sean Smith's professional football career is now over.

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 was charged with felony assault last August after allegedly attacking his sister's boyfriend. This after being 109th in passer rating allowed in Weeks 1-11.

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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.

"Nothing has changed on my end", Smith told ESPN the last week of the season.

Smith, who played in 29 games (23 starts) in two seasons with the Raiders, had four interceptions for Oakland and is the second high-priced veteran cornerback released by the Raiders this offseason, joining David Amerson, who was released last month. Smith contributed to a lackluster Oakland secondary, and though he intercepted Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott twice in one game, was largely inconsistent on the year.

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