Report: Eagles Eye Dolphins CB Sean Smith

The Eagles could look to re-shape their secondary by going after potential free agent cornerback Sean Smith, according to a report.

Per Geoff Mosher of, the team is expected to target Smith in a few weeks (March 12) when the signing period begins.

Originally a second-round pick of the Dolphins in 2009, Smith (6-3, 218) is only 25-years-old. He’s started 56 games over the last four seasons. According to Pro Football Focus, he saw a lot of action in 2012. Smith was targeted 113 times, more than any other cornerback in the league. Opposing quarterbacks completed 54.9 percent of their attempts when throwing at him (31st in the NFL), and Smith missed just four tackles.

In 2010, Football Outsiders had Smith ranked 10th in success rate (62 percent), a stat that measures “the percentage of passes that don’t manage to get at least 45 percent of needed yards on first down, 60 percent of needed yards on second down, or 100 percent of needed yards on third down.” But in 2011, he fell to 57th (48 percent).

Smith has five career interceptions, but according to Football Outsiders, that number could be much higher. He dropped five interceptions back in 2010.

Per Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, Smith is seeking $24 million guaranteed over three years. The Dolphins could tag him, but they seem unlikely to match his price for a long-term deal.

The Eagles’ plan seems to be to let Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie walk as a free agent. Nnamdi Asomugha could be brought back on a re-structured deal, or they could cut ties with him and just eat the $4 million.

Either way, the Eagles are likely to address the cornerback position in free agency and the draft.

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  • I’d rather keep DRC than Asomugha.

    • Poopdollar

      I’ll give Nnamdi another try with an actual defensive coordinator and a missing kurt coleman.

      • Joot

        I agree Coleman is the weakest link and I think Nnamdi will get better with a new DC

    • D3Keith

      Nnamdi would also rather keep $4 million guaranteed than not.

      Their situations aren’t exactly equal.

      Based on their recent play, I can see the logic for bringing either back if the other one is gone, but I’d be indifferent if they both were on another team next year. And that’s saying a lot after how excited we all were to have them.

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    That looks like it would be a solid addition, but after DRC and Nnamdi I don’t trust my eyes anymore! I whiffed on both of those guys as well, The difference is that I took responsibility and am declaring that my salary remain at $0 for my role as Armchair Director of Pro Player Personnel.

    • 1972

      i whiffed as well, but no time to get gun shy.he’s a up and coming guy that wont cost as much as drc. ill take it.Let the new wave begin!!!!

      Oh, one last thing: PLEASE CUT ASOMUGHA!!!!!

      • GGeagle

        don’t think dRC will command as much money on the market as most people think…I actually think he will be disappointed and sign a 1yr deal to try and get his value up….

        • thefadd

          DRC has one year deal written all over him. Going to be harder to ditch him than people think.

    • Justin

      I think we all whiffed on DRC and Asomugha. I don’t think there’s an Eagles fan out there who thought we would at least win a playoff game these last 2 years.

    • Nik

      Funny, the guys in Arizona are probably saying the same thing about Kolb

  • bdawks

    we really need to release Non D Asomugha not only have his skilled diminished but he’s a cancer in the locker room even if the safeties are blowing coverage’s he shouldn’t be calling them out on the field

  • GGeagle

    Lol @ people that want to quit on a supreme young talent like DRC with his old coach in place, yet want Sean “ALOOF” Smith! They are very similar players…Sean is thicker, non physical but better tackler which isn’t sAing much, and DRC is more talented

    • GoBirds1

      You look at DRC’s effort in a contract year. What is it going to be when you give him a huge contract?????

      • thefadd

        who’s giving DRC a huge contract? few teams are as desperate at corner as the eagles

        • GoBirds1

          It will probably between $18 and $24 million guaranteed. Regardless of the amount, if he can’t pull it together on his contract year, he will never be able to. I like him and he is a talent, but he is a flake and he could work on a veteran team with a lot of defensive talent, but not on this team with new coach, staff, scheme and limited talent.

          • GGeagle

            tHE MOVE, IS TOO SIGN Old man Marcus Trufant to a cheap stop gap deal, draft his more talented lil brother Desm,ond…have Marcus start the first half of the year while tutoring his brother, til his brother is ready to takeover Midseason!
            I would sign DRC to a 1yr deal, Marcus Trufant to a two yr deal, and draft Desmond Trufant

      • MAC

        EXACTLY my thoughts! In a contract year after your rookie deal your avoiding tackles and dropping countless INT’s!! All talent in world means nothing if you don’t care. Also the Eagles need to send a message that they do not pay or tolerate players that show lack of effort. DRC is type of player we should be ridding our team of. Time to look for leaders and guys who will put team first.

    • Dave Haley

      He only missed 4 tackles all year, DRC did that on 1 series

  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    I could see this team moving forward with DRC Sean Smith and Boykin.

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    I’m a fan of Smith..with another guy and Boykin i like it, wonder if Eagles have any thoughts of moving Nhamdi to safety where he played in College. Its not like the Eagles can get every problem from the draft.

    • CJ

      Nnamdi couldn’t tackle at corner. You want him to not tackle at safety? We have that guy, his name is Nate Allen.

    • D3Keith

      Safeties need to be able to tackle. End of story.

  • ICDogg

    If we’re not franchising DRC, that means we’re letting him on the free market, and won’t be eager participants. Otherwise they would use the tag for a year.

    • D3Keith

      Not necessarily. The tag at $10.7 million is high. They could have interest at half or one third of that.

      • ICDogg

        Sure, but on the open market, the odds are low that the Eagles will want to make the best offer in his case. Someone is going to gamble that they can get more out of him and pay him a bigger bonus than that.

        • GGeagle

          ot tagging DRC does not mean he is neccessarily GOne. the tag is almost 11mil. why the hell would anyone give him 11mil?

          • ICDogg

            On the open market, he’ll get a bigger contract than the Eagles will offer. And that is why I doubt he’ll be back.

  • aub32

    If the team signs Smith, it will end the discussion on DRC. I don’t see them locking up north of 16 million at CB this season. Also, there will probably be an even bigger push for NA to restructure versus just getting cut.

  • Smith is big, he’s young, but he’s proven. We need a corner that we know can cover and tackle if we’re going to be an attacking style defense. That alone would be a significant improvement over what we’ve had the past 2yrs. This isn’t Nhamdi where teams didn’t throw his way. As Sheil pointed out, QBs have thrown his way and he’s faired well. $24M for 3yrs is a fair price for a team that needs to revamp all 4 spots in the secondary.

  • Myke Lowery

    “According to, Smith yielded more combined first downs and touchdowns than any other NFL cornerback. That number is a whopping 46.”

  • The last FA cornerback we got out of Miami was a one Troy Vincent. I think it’s worth a shot.

  • JofreyRice

    I don’t know if Smith will ever be a probowler, but he’d fill a need for the Eagles, and the money would be better spent than on DRC. Maybe he could play the Brandon Browner role for Davis’ 4-3 under, and they let Marsh and a mid round rookie battle it out for the other CB spot. For the right price, it would be a good way to address a spot without having to spend a pick–I’m not crazy about the CBs in the draft, anyway.