Raiders to release CB Smith after guilty plea in assault case

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The linebacker was hit with four misdemeanor charges - domestic violence, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, false imprisonment and vandalism - stemming from an incident involving a woman believed to be his fiancee.

Smith was arrested last August 17 for allegedly assaulting his sister's then-boyfriend, Christopher Woods, last July 4. Two witnesses testified during a preliminary hearing in December that Smith stomped Woods' head as he lay bleeding and unconscious. Smith was due base salaries of $8.25 million in 2018 and $8.75 million in 2019. He was released by the Raiders last week.

After Ken Norton Jr. was replaced as defensive playcaller by John Pagano, Smith was used more to his strengths. That was down from a 113.3 rating in his one-plus season under Norton.

Ellis was originally a fourth-round pick by Oakland in 2014. He said he was only on the field in certain packages early in the season and could not get into the flow of a game as a result.

The Silver and Black have released cornerback Sean Smith, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Smith was entering the free agent market as an above average physical corner who had fared well as the top outside pass defender for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Carrie is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday and is free to talk to potential suitors this week. His 32 tackles past year matched the fewest since his 2009 rookie season with Miami. 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.

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