Oakland Raiders releasing cornerback Sean Smith

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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.

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith reportedly will be released by the team Monday before pleading guilty Tuesday to a felony count of assault, according to the Los Angeles Times. He will be sentenced to one year in jail and five years of probation.

Smith allegedly beat and stomped on his sister's boyfriend's head in Pasadena, California, for which he faced up to seven years in prison.

The Raiders rumors surrounding the future of cornerback Sean Smith and the Oakland Raiders has been cloudy this offseason.

Over two seasons with the Raiders, Smith appeared in 29 games with 22 starts and totaled 77 tackles, four interceptions and 17 passes defensed.

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

Smith struggled again early in 2017 and was replaced in the starting lineup by TJ Carrie, before finishing the season strong after John Pagano replaced fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. for the final six games.

Oakland is relying on last season's first-round pick, Gareon Conley, to fill the void at cornerback as he returns from a shin injury that limited him to two games.

Smith, 30, has 426 tackles, 98 passes defended and 14 interceptions through nine National Football League seasons.

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