Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Raiders to release CB Smith after guilty plea in assault case

Raiders to release CB Smith after guilty plea in assault case

The Raiders announced Monday that they have released offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse and cornerback Sean Smith after the pair had disappointing campaigns in 2017. Teams were allowed to start negotiating with prospective free agents beginning Monday morning.

The Times reported that Smith is expected to plead guilty to a felony count of assault with great bodily injury, and will be sentenced to one year in jail and three years' probation as part of his plea agreement.

The charges stem from an incident last off-season when Smith reportedly beat his sister's boyfriend. Two witnesses testified during a preliminary hearing in December that Smith stomped Woods' head as he lay bleeding and unconscious. Also Monday morning, The Los Angeles Times reported that Smith, 30, is expected to serve jail time for his role in an altercation that occurred a year ago in Pasadena. He then played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013-2015 before signing a four-year, $40 million deal with the Oakland Raiders. But he never played up to that level and the Raiders have made a decision to cut him instead of paying him $8.5 million this year.

As the Raiders continue to craft and fine-tune Jon Gruden's roster for 2018, Oakland is parting ways with at least one big-name veteran.

Smith first reached the National Football League as a member of the Miami Dolphins and spent the first four years of his career as their starting cornerback. TJ Carrie, who started all 16 games in 2017, is set to become a free agent.

The 30-year-old appeared in 14 games for the Raiders last season, starting eight.

Ellis was originally a fourth-round pick by Oakland in 2014. The Raiders released David Amerson, a starter last season when he was healthy, in February.

Whalen has played 43 games over six seasons in the NFL. He also has 47 punt returns for 378 yards and 29 kickoff returns for 701 yards.

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