Smells like a high risk, high reward type of situation. The Chiefs are giving him a three-year deal worth $18 million, according to multiple reports. That's the same deal Stanford Routt got last year -- Smith has more guaranteed money -- and Routt was cut by midseason. I'm not saying that to get anyone down or to say Smith is the next Routt. It's just important that we keep those types of things in perspective.
"He can shut down a great wide receiver, and look like a Pro Bowler. Then he will suddenly be repeatedly blown past for multiple touchdowns, not stopping anyone. That inconsistency is what has led to the Dolphins letting him walk away.
"He has outstanding size (6'3, 220 pounds), and can play with the big receivers well. He's an exceptional press coverage type of corner, but he struggles in the zone. When it comes to interceptions, he has hands like stones, dropping potential interception after potential interception. He was a running back in high school and started college as a wide receiver, so you would think he would be able to catch better than he does.
"If a receiver gets a step on him, it's over. Smith just does not have the closing speed, or the agility, to stay with a quicker, smaller wide receiver. Smith has potential to develop into something special in the league, but more importantly, he has to be more consistent in his play. He's four years into his NFL career, so it's late to still be having these problems.
"I really thought Smith would end up back in Miami, but apparently it came down to the number of years on the contract. Kansas City was willing to give him three, and I think Miami wanted to be able to bail out early if things didn't go well. He could one day be a Pro Bowl type player, if he can put it all together consistently, but you also have to expect there to be games where you are screaming at the TV trying to figure out what exactly Smith is doing out there."
Pro Football Focus basically backs all that up, including a few numbers.
"Smith is long on talent even if he did lead the league in giving up the most combined first downs and touchdowns last year," PFF writes. "He gave up 1.17 yards per snap in coverage last year (27th best of all cornerbacks) and finished the year with a +0.7 grade in coverage on the back of a strong start and poor finish to the year."
With Sean Smith signing in KC -- the Chiefs have a nice trio of corners. Denver's got a nice trio of receivers. When do the games start?— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) March 14, 2013
Hold on, we got Sean Smith!? The day has been made. What an exciting time if you're a Chiefs fan! Dorsey, Reid, and Clark doing work! #KC— Jarrett Sutton (@JarrettSutton25) March 14, 2013
CHEIFS are coming up! Damn hate to see @seansmith24 go. Goodluck in KC homie— BIG B (@_B1GB_) March 14, 2013
Kinda jealous of KC for acquiring Sean Smith. Instant starter at CB.— Elias Hernandez(@EwantsDOE) March 14, 2013
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star: The Chiefs viewed Smith, who will be 26 in July, as a nice complement to their other starting cornerback, Brandon Flowers. At 6 foot 3, Smith is better able to match up with bigger, taller receivers than the 5-9 Flowers.
DAMN CRAP DAMN RT @jasonlacanfora: The Chiefs have agreed to terms with CB Sean Smith, formerly of the Dolphins— Bolts From The Blue (@BFTB_Chargers) March 14, 2013
Shit, Dolphins lost a really good player in Sean Smith... Sucks to see him go— RA DiLeo (@Bert_Griffin) March 14, 2013
Chiefs might want to be concerned that Dolphins wouldn't match three years, $18 million for Sean Smith. That's not big money for a CB— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) March 14, 2013
Armando Salguero, Miami Herald: So the question becomes, how much did Smith actually get? If Smith got his asking price (doubtful) then the Chiefs overpaid and you tip your hat to Smith and wish him well. Ciao! Have fun covering Demaryius Thomas and playing against Phillip Rivers and Peyton Manning twice a year.
Everybody talkin that Sean smith was jus elite last year ask why dolphins didn't re sign him with all that cap space ?— Boogie Bear (@KCChieferBoogie) March 14, 2013
@seansmith24 had 1 glowing moment as a Dolphin. Had a 1-handed INT in the end zone in New Orleans. During a preseason game. His rookie yr.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) March 14, 2013