CB Smith, RT Ne­w­house re­leased

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - SPORTS -

ALAMEDA, CALIF. >> The Raiders re­leased cor­ner­back Sean Smith and right tackle Mar­shall Ne­w­house on Mon­day to cre­ate more salary-cap room head­ing into free agency.

The Raiders also of­fi­cially an­nounced the sign­ing of de­fen­sive tackle Justin El­lis to a three-year con­tract and signed re­ceiver Griff Whalen to a one-year deal.

Smith is also fac­ing le­gal prob­lems. He will plead guilty Tues­day to a felony count of as­sault with great bod­ily in­jury in con­nec­tion with an al­ter­ca­tion in Pasadena, Calif., last year, ac­cord­ing to the at­tor­ney for the al­leged vic­tim. Smith will be sen­tenced to one year in jail and five years of pro­ba­tion in Los An­ge­les County Su­pe­rior Court.

Smith was signed as a big-ticket free agent in 2016 to a four-year, $38 mil­lion deal. But he never played up to that level and the Raiders have de­cided to cut him in­stead of pay­ing him $8.5 mil­lion this year.

Ne­w­house started 14 games last sea­son for the Raiders, but new coach Jon Gru­den said at the com­bine that the play at right tackle last sea­son was in­con­sis­tent.

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