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Will the Cardinals get their corner to go across from Patrick Peterson via free agency?
The free agency period has not even technically begun yet and already there are plenty of rumors regarding the Arizona Cardinals and their level of interest in multiple players. We already know that they may pursue Reggie Bush, Joshua Cribbs and Ramon Foster. But one name that really is intriguing (perhaps more so than the others) is Sean Smith, former cornerback of the Miami Dolphins.
Leading candidates for CB Sean Smith, as if this moment, appear to be Tampa Bay, Arizona and Pats. But things are fluid.— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) March 9, 2013
New Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was the defensive backs coach in Miami just a couple of seasons ago, so he is very familiar with the work of the 25-year old Smith. Last season, Smith recorded 59 tackles, 3 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions.
After cutting William Gay last week, the Cardinals suddenly have a big need for another talented cornerback to play across from Patrick Peterson. Greg Toler is an unrestricted free agent that the Cards would like to re-sign, but it is unknown if they will be able to do so.
Smith received a positive coverage grade from Pro Football Focus last season, a big improvement from his 2011 campaign. He had just 4 missed tackles while playing 93% of the team's defensive snaps.
It has been reported that Smith is seeking somewhere around $7 million annually from any team he joins, which is more than twice as much William Gay was making in Arizona. Then again, Smith is seen as the top cornerback currently on the free agent market by many and would fill a great need for the Cardinals while allowing Toler to go elsewhere.
The issue will come down to the money. I have no doubt that Toler is just as talented as Smith, but Toler has missed far more games and is three years older. If the Cardinals can re-sign Toler for $5 million or less, then he is worth retaining. If not, Smith might be the better option.
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