The Kansas City Chiefs made yet another splash in free agency today, inking former Miami Dolphins CB Sean Smith to a three-year deal.
At a glance, Smith seems to be a young CB with excellent size that can be a bit inconsistent. Looking for more info on the player, I went to FanSided’s Miami Dolphins expert, Brian Miler of Phin Phanatic. Brian is a good pal of mine and was FanSided’s very first blogger. He’s been covering the Dolphins forever, attends games often as press and his site has been awarded multiple awards by the team. He offers excellent insight on all thinks Miami Dolphins.
Here is what Brian had to say about Smith:
What can Chiefs fans expect from the recent signing of former Miami Dophins corner Sean Smith? For starters, a league investigation into tampering. I kid. Honestly there are not a lot of Miami Dolphins fans right now upset about Smith’s departure. Smith made it clear that he wanted to go to the highest bidder and I think 3 years 18 million with 11 million guaranteed is an indication that he overvalued himself. The contract isn’t bad but I don’t believe it is close to what he expected.
That will not likely end up a problem as Smith will play out the deal and won’t complain. He is a stand up guy and very nice to speak with as I have done on two occasions. K.C. fans don’t care though if he is a “nice guy”. They want to know what they can expect on the field of play. Don’t let his highlight reel fool you. Smith is nothing close to a shutdown corner and never will be. The Dolphins at one time attempted to move him to safety where they thought his size would be better suited. It didn’t work.
Smith has his moments but if you are looking for a ball hawking corner, it’s not going to happen and he is going to struggle against faster WR’s. Smith is not slow but he has never really become NFL fast. He struggles in press coverage and the Dolphins at times have had to use safety help on his side. He tends to lose track of his receivers and allows them to get behind him but he is really solid defending on the outside lines and has a solid knack of knocking the balls down. He just can’t catch them.
Smith is a good football player but he doesn’t play to the level of his ego and while that is not a huge problem I would temper my enthusiasm with his signing. As quick as he can make you thrilled he can just as easily break your heart.
What do you think, Addicts? Does Brian’s breakdown change your opinion of the Smith signing?