Smith's departure has plenty to do with his salary, shaving a whopping $8.5 million off the books for 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 past year. Entering the season finale, Smith was ranked eighth in the NFL in passer rating allowed (36.3) among cornerbacks with at least 110 coverage snaps in Weeks 12-16, per Pro Football Focus.
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.
The Oakland Raiders announced Monday they have released Sean Smith with the cornerback set to go to jail for assault. According to the L.A. Times, Smith will be sentenced to one year in jail and three years probation as part of his plea agreement.
Smith was accused of assaulting his sister's then-boyfriend, Christopher Woods, on July 4.
Smith got benched in his first game with the Raiders after getting burned by New Orleans' Brandin Cooks for a 98-yard touchdown. This after being 109th in passer rating allowed in Weeks 1-11. Plus, Carrie is a free agent.
The 30-year-old appeared in 14 games for the Raiders last season, starting eight. He has started 41 of the 60 games he has played in during four seasons with the Raiders and is strong against the run.