Cornerback Sean Smith was released by the Oakland Raiders on Monday after he plead guilty to a felony assault charge on Tuesday that will sentence him to one year in prison.
In-addition to the prison sentence, Smith will face three years of probation. He is headed to prison because of an incident that occurred last summer on July 4, when Smith allegedly assaulted his sister’s then-boyfriend Christopher Woods. During a preliminary hearing in December, two witnesses stated that Smith stomped on the head of Woods while Woods was bleeding and unconscious.
Back to the football and business side of the spectrum, the easy decision to cut Smith will save the Raiders $8.5 million on their salary cap, bringing their total available salary cap to an estimated $25 million. Smith was originally signed through the 2019 season, and was scheduled to make $8.2 million in 2018, an then $8.7 million in 2019.
Oakland will now count on their 2017 first-round pick Gareon Conley to lead their group of cornerbacks for the 2018 season. There’s also a good chance the Raiders will add to their cornerback personnel group, as cornerback David Amerson was already let go by the team ahead of Smith last month.
The 20-year-old Smith has spent nine seasons in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and the Raiders. His play in Oakland wasn’t nearly as good as he had showed in previous years, as he ended up finding himself out of the starter’s role multiple times over his two seasons with the Raiders.
Smith has 426 total tackles for his career to go with 98 pass deflections and 14 interceptions.
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