Raiders news: Smith, Newhouse shown the door, Ellis re-signed
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By Brad Weiss

Monday was an interesting day for the Raiders, as they cut Sean Smith and Marshall Newhouse, while making the Justin Ellis signing official.

The Oakland Raiders were expected to release Sean Smith this offseason, and that is exactly what they did on Monday. The move cleared $8.5 million in cap money, as the team looks to add to their available funds to bring in some talented free agents this offseason.

In addition to being released, Smith also was sentenced to a year in prison, as he agreed to a plea deal. Smith also will have three years of probation, but the plea was smart, as he would have been sentenced to seven years if he was found guilty.

Oakland also said goodbye to their starting right tackle from last season, releasing Marshall Newhouse on Monday. In cutting Newhouse, the team saves an addition $2.25 million, and will likely decide to go younger at the position next season.

One player who the team brought in on Monday was Griff Whalen, a wide receiver from the Baltimore Ravens. Whalen is a receiver, and a return man, and will be given a chance to fight for a roster spot. The 28-year old played in only two games for Baltimore last...

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