Raiders to release cornerback Sean Smith, who's reportedly headed to jail

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Smith entered a guilty plea on one felony charge of assault with great bodily injury of victim Christopher Woods stemming from a July 4 incident between Smith and Woods. With AP Photos.The Oakland Raiders released cornerback Sean Smith and right tackle Marshall Newhouse to create more salary cap room heading into free agency.

It didn't take long for the Oakland Raiders to release him from the roster as a result.

Smith has had trouble off the field.

ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders have released T Marshall Newhouse and CB Sean Smith, the club announced Monday.

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Smith was arrested last August 17 for allegedly assaulting his sister's then-boyfriend, Christopher Woods, last July 4. That combined with his 2018 salary not being guaranteed likely contributed to the Raiders releasing him.

Unfortunately, Smith never quite worked out as expected in Oakland, along with a myriad of other acquisitions that continue to plague the Raiders even today.

Still, given the Raiders' subpar cornerbacks group, Smith was probably the best one among them the second half of the season. Smith was benched early in his Raiders career and failed to lock down a cornerback position that has since been given to last year's first round rookie, Gareon Conley. TJ Carrie, who started all 16 games in 2017, is set to become a free agent. He has started 41 of the 60 games he has played in during four seasons with the Raiders and is strong against the run.

The window for teams to sign free agents opens Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT, when the new league year begins.

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