Out with the old, in with the new.
The Philadelphia Eagles will likely flout a brand-new secondary in the 2013 season opener. Dominique Rogers-Cromartie is set to become a free agent. Nnamdi Asomugha may soon be released from his hefty contract. According to a report from Geoff Mosher of Comcast Sportsnet, the Eagles are interested in acquiring Dolphins’ CB Sean Smith. Smith has played four years in the NFL, and was drafted in the second round(61st overall) in 2009 out of Utah.
Smith has started all but seven games in his first four years in the NFL. He has recorded 179 tackles in his career, but just five interceptions. Smith is a physical cornerback who could handle big, long-armed WRs in the NFC such as Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson.
Mosher writes, “Smith, a 6-foot-3, 218-pound physical corner, is expected to be a hot commodity on the market and the Eagles are leery of engaging in a bidding war that inflates the price tag.”
“The Dolphins, who are entering year two of an entirely new coaching staff, aren’t expected to use the franchise tag to retain Smith for one year at more than $10 million, especially with several other players whose contracts must be addressed.”
Chip Kelly and the Eagles will not enter a bidding war for Smith. In order to keep cap flexibility, the team will only sign him if he comes at a moderate salary. At the right price, Smith could be the man to stop Victor Cruz’s salsa clinic at Lincoln Financial Field this season.