Raiders to release CB Smith after guilty plea in assault case

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He will plead guilty Tuesday to a felony count of assault with great bodily injury in connection with an altercation in Pasadena a year ago, according to the attorney for the alleged victim.

Smith is accused of assaulting his sister's then-boyfriend Christopher Woods in Pasadena last August, causing five fractures to the victim's eye socket. Fenno reports Smith will plead guilty to the charge and accept one year of jail time along with three years of probation.


On Monday morning, veteran cornerback Sean Smith was reportedly released by the Oakland Raiders, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

This is big news for the Raiders, as the franchise already released starting cornerback David Amerson just one day after Super Bowl 52.


Turning 31 in July, Smith never lived up to the massive four-year, $40 million pact he signed two offseasons ago, a deal that included $20 million guaranteed.

On the field, Smith's play last season was inconsistent. Their only players under contract at cornerback from last year's active roster are Gareon Conley (their 2017 first-round pick who played in two games as a rookie because of a shin injury), Dexter McDonald and Antonio Hamilton. Starter T.J. Carrie is set to hit unrestricted free agency on Wednesday at 1 p.m. PST, and time will tell if the Raiders think he's worth bringing back. The 30-year-old played well for the Raiders down the stretch last season, after a year and a half of disappointing production. He has 51 catches for 532 yards and three touchdowns.


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