Oakland Raiders releasing cornerback Sean Smith

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Sean Smith

The Oakland Raiders announced Monday they have released Sean Smith with the cornerback set to go to jail for assault. The Raiders released Smith today which wasn't a huge surprise considering his release would free up $8.5 million in cap space, without costing the Raiders any dead cap space. Ellis had agreed to the deal last week to stay off the free-agent market but it was not announced until Monday. He will be sentenced to one year in jail and five years of probation.

Back in August, Sean Smith was arrested on a felony assault charge for an alleged altercation that occurred on Independence Day after he brutally attacked Christopher Woods. He was charged with assault by means of force to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, and was due for his next court date Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Smith contributed to a lackluster Oakland secondary, and though he intercepted Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott twice in one game, was largely inconsistent on the year.

Below is Oakland's official news release on Monday's transactions.

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Smith played in 14 games last season, starting eight, with two interceptions, four passes defended and 32 total tackles.

Smith's release underscores the Raiders' needs at cornerback this offseason.

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. The Raiders released David Amerson, a starter last season when he was healthy, in February.

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