Oakland Raiders to release CB Sean Smith

Oakland Raiders to release CB Sean Smith

Unfortunately, Smith never quite worked out as expected in Oakland, along with a myriad of other acquisitions that continue to plague the Raiders even today. It's also likely that Sean Smith's professional football career is now over.

The charges stem from an incident last off-season when Smith reportedly beat his sister's boyfriend. He then played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013-2015 before signing a four-year, $40 million deal with the Oakland Raiders. As part of Smith's plea agreement, he will be sentenced to one year in prison and three years of probation.

The Raiders were already in the marker for cornerback help this offseason, and will now certainly look to add a couple options with Smith headed out the door. This after being 109th in passer rating allowed in Weeks 1-11.

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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.

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 endured a handful of benchings over the past two seasons and finished previous year as the 76th player at his position, per Pro Football Focus. He has started 41 of the 60 games he has played in during four seasons with the Raiders and is strong against the run.

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