Oakland Raiders to release CB Sean Smith

Oakland Raiders to release CB Sean Smith

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Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic violence, assault, false imprisonment and vandalism, TMZ Sports reported Monday.

The Oakland Raiders will release cornerback Sean Smith, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. While under contract with Oakland in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, he hadn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2015. According to the LA Times, he won't be on the field this year at all, as Smith is set to plead guilty to a felony assault charge tied to the beating of his sister's then-boyfriend last July in the Pasadena area of Los Angeles.

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At 9 a.m. Monday, NFL teams became eligible to begin negotiating with other teams' impending free agents. Smith endured a handful of benchings over the past two seasons and finished a year ago as the 76th player at his position, per Pro Football Focus.

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

Smith's two interceptions against the Dallas Cowboys on December 17 led Oakland, which only had five picks on the year. Last season, he lost his starting job to TJ Carrie before becoming one of the Raiders' better defenders in the last month of the season. Plus, Carrie is a free agent.

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