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Report: Sean Smith released by Raiders, to plead guilty to felony count of assault

Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith

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.

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 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.