From a football standpoint, Smith's release will save the Raiders $8.25 million. However, the four-year contract signed in 2016 included an out this offseason that required no guaranteed money beyond 2017.
Nonetheless, Smith was able to postpone his court date and played 14 games with the Raiders last season, where he made 32 tackles, two assists, and two interceptions. In July, he was accused of stomping on a man's head and charged with felony assault for his alleged involvement. Smith was due base salaries of $8.25 million in 2018 and $8.75 million in 2019. Also Monday morning, The Los Angeles Times reported that Smith, 30, is expected to serve jail time for his role in an altercation that occurred previous year in Pasadena.
The Raiders made the long expected move Monday to release Smith, who signed a four-year, $38 million contract in 2016. He was able to continue play with the Raiders, his legal matter not resulting in any time missed aside from the occasional practice day.
The LA Times reported that his plea agreement will be entered Tuesday.
Smith got benched in his first game with the Raiders after getting burned by New Orleans' Brandin Cooks for a 98-yard touchdown. Many holes in it, however, remain.
At 9 a.m. Monday, NFL teams became eligible to begin negotiating with other teams' impending free agents. Plus, Carrie is a free agent.
The window for teams to sign free agents opens Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT, when the new league year begins.