Source: Raiders to release CB Sean Smith

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders are releasing cornerback Sean Smith to create more salary cap room heading into free agency.

A person familiar with the move said Smith was told Monday that he will be let go before the start of the new league year on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t annonced the move.

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.

Oakland will again seek to bolster the secondary in free agency, looking for a starter at cornerback to pair with last year’s first-round pick Gareon Conley.

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