We heard early on Saturday morning that the Kansas City Chiefs were making contact with representatives of Miami Dolphins CB Sean Smith, ahead of the tomorrow’s start to free agency.
The Chiefs are operating in the NFL’s new “legalized tampering” window, in which teams can negotiate with the agents of potential free agents for a few days leading up to free agency actually beginning. Later we heard a report that the Chiefs were out of the race for Sean Smith but a new report from Yahoo! Sports indicates that KC could be back in the mix.
“Very deep, which is why you’ve seen some deals happen already that we’re probably cheaper than you would have expected in most years,” a general manager said, referring to a four-year, $20 million deal that Leodis McKelvin agreed to with the Buffalo Bills this weekend and a three-year deal that Dunta Robinson got with Kansas City on Friday.
The details of Robinson’s deal have yet to emerge, but multiple sources said that the Chiefs were hoping to get Robinson done and still sign another cornerback such as Sean Smith so that they could have a trio of Robinson, Smith and Brandon Flowers.
$4 million guaranteed in 2012 with low cap number. The 3-year deal worth more than $15 million is backloaded. The numbers suggest he’ll be a nickel or a safety since starting corners make at least $6 million a year. Point is, Chiefs probably still seriously considering one of the top UFA corners.
That means the Chiefs certainly could be in the mix for top corners. If not Smith , there are a slew of other players expected to hit the market. For instance, DeAngelo Hall was just released by the football team in Washington.
The fact that Robinson could be playing nickel corner could be bad news for Chiefs CB Javier Arenas, who has already expressed some frustration publicly after someone suggested the Chiefs might sign more starting CBs.