In the wake of their deal with cornerback Dunta Robinson, the word on the street was that the Chiefs were no longer going to pursue Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith when he became a free agent.
That might be true, but a report from Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports says that they aren’t out of the cornerback market altogether. Cole reports that the Chiefs would still like to add another corner to give themselves a trio of strong corners to throw out against passing offenses. Cole mentions Smith as a possibility, which runs counter to what Mike Florio of PFT has heard about Kansas City’s plans, but the depth of the market means that they should have other options at the spot as well.
With a slew of players at the position available in free agency, a group that is expected to expand to include Nnamdi Asomugha, the expectation is that prices will plateau at a place where it is possible for the Chiefs and other teams to stock the position without breaking the bank.
“You’re going to see some really good players come in at maybe $3-4 million a year. These are guys who would have gotten $6 or $7 million a couple of years ago,” an AFC team executive told Cole. “I know the agents are blaming it on the flat cap, but it’s just a matter of the numbers.”
If things do play out that way, it’s a pretty good bet that the Chiefs will wind up with a third name to go with Robinson and Brandon Flowers. Given those prices, they probably wouldn’t be the only ones either.