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Sean Smith planned to stay in Kansas City ... until free agency started

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Is a Sean Smith story the equivalent of beating a dead horse yet? No? Good because I have one here. Smith, the Chiefs-turned-Raiders CB showed up on 95.7 The Game in the Bay Area last week and talked about joining the Raiders in free agency. I found it really interesting that Smith said he was planning on staying in Kansas City until the last minute.

"Before (free agency), I'm not gonna lie to you, my mind was definitely made up to stay in Kansas City," Smith said on the radio show (thanks to Levi at Silver and Black Pride for transcribing his quotes). "That was such an amazing experience for me, I've never been a part of an organization like that. Coach Reid is amazing, the GM John Dorsey is one of the coolest guys I've ever met personally and then I had Al Harris and Emmitt Thomas, two of the greatest players ever in the NFL as my coach. It was very hard to make the decision to leave that."

Man. Can you imagine if Chiefs GM John Dorsey signed him before free agency? This place would've been nuts because the Chiefs biggest need would have been filled.

"Once I hit free agency and things started shaking out the way they did," Smith continued, "I told my agent, just get me the best deal possible and put me in the best situation to be successful and I felt that was in Oakland."

Going to Oakland is no longer just about getting paid. People actually want to play football there these days because are no longer such a laughingstock. We shall see if Smith's signing changes the balance of power in the AFC West.