The Oakland Raiders have reportedly released cornerback Sean Smith ahead of the new league year in a move that saves $8.25 million in cap space.
The #Raiders, who are in the market for a CB, release a former big-ticket free agent CB Sean Smith, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2018
Additionally, Smith is reportedly going to be pleading guilty to a felony count of assault with great bodily injury stemming from an arrest last year (more on that here).
Smith, who the Raiders will reportedly release, will be sentenced to one year in jail and three years of probation as part of his plea agreement.
— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) March 12, 2018
Smith signed a four-year, $40 million free-agency deal with Oakland back in 2016. He’s failed to live up to that contract since, showing himself to be a rather average cornerback. The past two seasons, Smith has managed to pick off four passes and break up 15 more, but he’s also been a liability on the back end and was at one point benched for poor performance.
The Raiders attempted to shore up their ailing secondary via the draft last year but will still be in the market to upgrade that unit this year, both in the draft and free agency.