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Raiders release CB Sean Smith, RT Marshall Newhouse

13 March 2018

Smith got benched in his first game with the Raiders after getting burned by New Orleans' Brandin Cooks for a 98-yard touchdown.

The Oakland Raiders released cornerback Sean Smith and right tackle Marshall Newhouse on Monday to create more salary cap room heading into free agency.

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Smith was charged with assault back in August for allegedly beating and stomping on the head of his sister's boyfriend on the morning of July 4, 2017.

When Smith first inked a four-year contract with the Raiders for a whopping $38 million, it was enough to stave off every other suitor in the team's hopes to remedy their pass defense.

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According to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times, Smith is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to a felony count of assault with great bodily injury. 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.

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.

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Smith allowed just 15 catches on 27 targets for 202 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions over the final six games for a passer rating of 64.1 as Pagano better took advantage of Smith's size and strength. TJ Carrie, who started all 16 games in 2017, is set to become a free agent. The 30-year-old played well for the Raiders down the stretch last season, after a year and a half of disappointing production. The Raiders released David Amerson, a starter last season when he was healthy, in February.

Raiders release CB Sean Smith, RT Marshall Newhouse