Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Raiders release former Utah cornerback Sean Smith

Raiders release former Utah cornerback Sean Smith

The move will save the Raiders $8.5 million in 2018. Shortly after his release the LA Times' Nathan Fenno reported that Smith will plead guilty Tuesday to a felony count of assault with great bodily injury related to an altercation in Pasadena previous year. It's also likely that Sean Smith's professional football career is now over.

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.

Yikes. He was facing up to seven years if convicted of all the assault charges stemming from an August assault in Pasadena.

After Ken Norton Jr. was replaced as defensive playcaller by John Pagano, Smith was used more to his strengths.

The Raiders announced Monday that they have released offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse and cornerback Sean Smith after the pair had disappointing campaigns in 2017. He allowed opposing quarterbacks to post a 116.5 passer rating when targeting him in 2016, according to SportRadar.

Carrie is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday and is free to talk to potential suitors this week.

Smith played in 14 games last season, starting eight, with two interceptions, four passes defended and 32 total tackles. He has 51 catches for 532 yards and three touchdowns.

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