Monday, February 18, 2013

Sean Smith can stop worrying about franchise tag


Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith was preparing for life under the franchise tag while "rooting strongly against it," according to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post.

Apparently, Smith has nothing to worry about in that regard. (photo: Graham Hisskoul, Flickr)

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reported Monday that the Dolphins "will NOT use their tag on Sean Smith. Period."

That's the right move. Smith, slated to hit free agency in March, is reportedly looking for a new contract in the ballpark of $8-10 million a year. Unfortunately for Smith, he's not worth that.

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If the Dolphins tagged Smith, they'd have to pay him close to $11 million in 2013. He's not worth that, either. Miami is better off letting him test the market if he doesn't want to extend his stay with the Dolphins for a reasonable price.

George Bremer of The Herald Bulletin suggested the Colts, who traded for Smith's former cross-field colleague Vontae Davis last year, could make a run at Smith. That's pure speculation, but the point is Smith is likely a goner from South Beach.

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