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Oakland Raiders releasing cornerback Sean Smith

Dec 17 2017 Oakland CA USA Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith reacts after intercepts a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum. Mandatory Credit Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins tight end Derek Carrier (89) spikes the ball in front of teammates after scoring a touchdown in the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Landover, Md. That is if McKenzie and Gruden have decided to make that a priority.

As the Raiders continue to craft and fine-tune Jon Gruden's roster for 2018, Oakland is parting ways with at least one big-name veteran. Last season, he played 242 snaps on special teams compared to 185 on offense while totaling eight catches on 11 targets for 71 yards. At 6-foot-3 and 238 pounds, receiving isn't Carrier's meal ticket, but he is a far better route runner than Smith is at this stage of the two players' careers. Smith is primarily a blocking tight end, and Gruden professed his liking for those at the combine in Indianapolis. Tight end Jared Cook underwent wrist surgery this offseason, sources say. Smith was signed as a big-ticket free agent in 2016 to a four-year, $38 million deal.

Given that price, it's possible the Raiders were never truly in the running for the 28-year-old with 18 career interceptions.

Audi e-tron prototype revealed All-electric SUV previewed in Geneva
They will cover more than five-million kilometres - roughly equivalent to 125 times around the earth and 85 000 hours on the road. A more coupe-like version of the e-tron is also planned, and both vehicles will be produced at Audi's plant in Brussels, Belgium.

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.

Another top cornerback on the market, former Patriot Malcolm Butler, is getting a reported five-year, $61 million deal with the Titans.

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