Raiders to release high-price CB Smith

Sean Smith

The Raiders signed Smith the next month but by November 2015, he was suspended for a year after violating the NFL's substance abuse policies.

The Raiders also released starting right tackle Marshall Newhouse?on Monday.

On Monday morning, veteran cornerback Sean Smith was reportedly released by the Oakland Raiders, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Ellis had agreed to the deal last week to stay off the free-agent market but it was not announced until Monday.

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Smith was arrested last August 17 for allegedly assaulting his sister's then-boyfriend, Christopher Woods, last July 4. 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. But he never played up to that level and the Raiders have made a decision to cut him instead of paying him $8.5 million this year. Smith was benched early in his Raiders career and failed to lock down a cornerback position that has since been given to last year's first round rookie, Gareon Conley.

Smith's release underscores the Raiders' needs at cornerback this offseason.

Ellis was originally a fourth-round pick by Oakland in 2014. The Raiders released David Amerson, a starter last season when he was healthy, in February. Plus, Carrie is a free agent. He has 51 catches for 532 yards and three touchdowns.

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