Chiefs counter Broncos by signing CB Sean Smith

Chiefs counter Broncos by signing Sean Smith

3/14/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The NFL has become a league in which division rivals can affect a team's personnel decisions. For example, if the Giants have elite pass rushers, the other NFC East teams will likely prioritize their offensive tackles. As a matter of fact, since the 2009 season, the Eagles signed a free agent tackle to a $60 million deal, while the Redskins and Cowboys have each drafted a tackle within the top-ten picks of the draft - all in part due to facing Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Jason Pierre-Paul twice a year.

As we all know by now, the Denver Broncos bolstered their receiving core by signing Wes Welker - possibly the most productive slot receiver in NFL history. Peyton Manning now has a dangerous arsenal of weapons in Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Welker. If you want to compete with the Broncos, you'll need some players to slow down Peyton's weapons.
Blog Photo - Chiefs counter Broncos by signing CB Sean Smith
Since trading for Alex Smith, the Kansas City Chiefs look like they may be the biggest threat to the Broncos in the AFC West. After the Broncos pulled off a surprise move by signing Welker, the Chiefs stepped up their pursuit of free agent cornerback Sean Smith. Before long, the sides were able to agree on a three-year deal. Smith's contract is worth $18 million, with $11 million guaranteed.

Smith was relatively inconsistent in 2012 with the Dolphins, but showed flashes of dominance as a shutdown corner, particularly early in the season. He picked off two passes last season, with 12 passes defended, and three forced fumbles. He was considered by many to be the second best cornerback on the market, with Aqib Talib being the best.

Smith's addition fills a big need for the Chiefs, who struggled to find a consistent cornerback to play opposite Brandon Flowers in 2012. They hoped that consistent cornerback would be Stanford Routt, but they ended up releasing him midseason. Routt signed with the Chiefs last offseason on a three-year, $19.6 million deal - extremely similar to the deal they gave Smith. They will hope that things work out better this time around.

Also having signed former Falcon Dunta Robinson, the Chiefs now boast a great cornerback trio in Flowers, Smith, and Robinson. There is a good chance that Robinson will play primarily at safety, but he is a capable cornerback and could see time in the slot in nickel packages. The Chiefs hope they have built a secondary that can contain Peyton's weaponry, and on paper, it looks like they have.
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3/14/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Great signing. Smith was one of the underrated corners in football imo, and I was actually hoping the Patriots could sign him.