Raiders to release CB Smith after guilty plea in assault case

Larry Hoffman
March 13, 2018

Smith, who turns 31 in July, signed an eye-popping four-year, $40 million contract - $20 million guaranteed - prior to the 2016 season, but never lived up to his billing.

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

From a football standpoint, Smith's release will save the Raiders $8.25 million.

At 9 a.m. Monday, NFL teams became eligible to begin negotiating with other teams' impending free agents.

Aldon Smith was released from the Oakland Raiders over an alleged March 3 attack, but he's fighting charges.

The Times reported that Smith is expected to plead guilty to a felony count of assault with great bodily injury, and will be sentenced to one year in jail and three years' probation as part of his plea agreement.

The Raiders now have moved on from Smith and David Amerson this offseason.

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.

After signing a four-year, $38 million free-agent contract with the Raiders in 2016, Smith struggled immediately, getting benched at New Orleans?in the season opener.

Ellis was originally a fourth-round pick by Oakland in 2014.

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