CB Smith, RT Newhouse released
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.