NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported Thursday that the Chiefs reached an agreement with cornerback Sean Smith. David Canter, Smith’s agent, quickly took to Twitter to confirm that it was a three-year contract. Breer and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported it was a three-year deal worth $18 million, with $11 million guaranteed.
Smith was one of our top 15 players available in free agency, but he didn’t get the money he was hoping for on the open market. Like so many cornerbacks this year, Smith’s market was somewhat slow to develop. He appeared to have strong interest from multiple teams before free agency opened, but the big-dollar contract that he was looking for wasn’t available when free agency opened. For this money, we like the move for the Chiefs very much.
This is just the latest move by the Chiefs that sets them up for success and serious improvement moving forward. You have to love what John Dorsey and Andy Reid are doing in Kansas City. The Denver Broncos went out and added Wes Welker to their receiving corp of Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, so the Chiefs countered by signing Smith and Dunta Robinson.
We should have some very interesting match ups in the AFC West this season.
It’s hard to look at what the Chiefs have been doing and not consider them one of the top winners of the free agency period.
Representatives from 27 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Oregon, where 15 players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf.
The entire defensive staff of the Kansas City Chiefs, plus head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey, were on hand for the workout.
Kiko Alonso, LB (6-foot-3 1/4, 235 pounds) — Alonso ran the 40-yard dash in 4.74 seconds on each attempt. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. His short shuttle time was 4.18 seconds and he had a 6.93-second three-cone drill. He did not bench at the NFL Scouting Combine or at the pro day. Alonso had a good workout.
Kenyon Barner, RB (5-9 1/4, 193) — Barner ran the 40 in 4.47 and 4.43 seconds, and had a 4.17-second short shuttle. He looked good catching the ball in the position workout.
It seems almost impossible that the Chiefs would select Smith with the #1 overall pick. The team traded multiple draft picks to the 49ers for Smith and last night, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed that Smith was the team’s starting QB.
In a way, after what Smith went through in San Francisco, it would seem almost cruel if the Chiefs took Geno Smith No. 1. Even if the team maintained that they didn’t think Smith was ready and that they wanted him to sit on the bench and learn, the second Smith slipped up, people would be calling for Smith to replace him.
You can never say never in the NFL but it sure seems like the Chiefs are going all-in on Alex Smith. Still, Geno performed will and is showing that he is a first-round talent. Chances are, one of the QB-needy teams in the top ten, will select Smith.