Update: For those wondering if Smith is going to be available for teams such as the Chiefs to bolster the secondary, apparently Smith is going to serve the next year in jail after pleading guilty to a felony assault charge.
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.
The move clears $8.5 million in 2018 salary cap space for the Raiders, two days before the start of free agency. He has started 41 of the 60 games he has played in during four seasons with the Raiders and is strong against the run. That was down from a 113.3 rating in his one-plus season under Norton. This after being 109th in passer rating allowed in Weeks 1-11.
Smith's two interceptions against the Dallas Cowboys on December 17 led Oakland, which only had five picks on the year.
Sean Smith is once again set to be a free agent, at least if rumors from Bill Williamson are correct that the Oakland Raiders have made a decision to release the veteran cornerback. 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. Plus, Carrie is a free agent. His 32 tackles a year ago matched the fewest since his 2009 rookie season with Miami.
He has appeared in 100 games (70 starts) in his career with the Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants and Raiders.