Interest in Sean Smith rising
Despite another so so season one member of the Miami Dolphins is gaining interest from many teams around the NFL. Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports say that cornerback Sean Smith could have up half a dozen teams calling him once free agency begins. If that happens and a bidding war ensues he could easily make between $8 and $10 million a season, much more then the Dolphins would be willing to pay.
With a month to go before NFL free agency, there isn’t a lot of serious talk yet, but one name getting some play already is Miami CB Sean Smith. Two NFL execs said they expect at least a half-dozen teams to pursue Smith and figure his average salary will surpass $8 mill per, which could take him out of range for Miami despite its large pool of cap space. The price could get to $10 mill per, along the lines of Dallas CB Brandon Flowers and St. Louis CB Cortland Finnegan last year in free agency. Smith isn’t a great ballhawk (5 INT in four years), but he’s a big corner (6-foot-3) and works effectively in press coverage. (Jason Cole – Yahoo Sports)
I’d be quite surprised if Smith gets that much on the open market but in today’s NFL it could easily happen. Smith is a good corner but not someone you’d consider a great corner. The telling sign should be that it appears the Dolphins won’t use the franchise tag on Smith.
Smith’s always been a very physical corner but isn’t the guy who will get you the big turnovers. Those are usually the corners that get the big money. Smith was the NFL leader in combined first downs and touchdowns allowed and was 76th out of all corners in 2012 by Pro Football Focus. The reason being he struggles against the smaller, quick receivers.
If Cole’s information is right then don’t expect to see Smith back in Miami. If Cole’s information is right then you may also hear the fans of Smith’s new team complaining at this time next year about over paying.