That's right. Free agency has begun and Miami has made their first move. The Dolphins have signed guard Justin Smiley to a 5 year, $25 million deal that includes $9 million in guaranteed money, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. He will reportedly fly to Miami this morning and sign the contract to make it official. Here's what he told the paper:
"To me, it seems like a good fit, me being from the South. There are a lot of other factors you have to weigh when you're considering a situation like this. I talked to them just a little while ago, and this is flattering that they came after me like this."
Smiley told the paper that he is slated to start a right guard, taking over the spot vacated by Rex Hadnot.
Now, he is coming off of a torn labrum last season, but is fully expected to be ready to go once camp rolls around. At 6'3, 311, he's an athletic guard who is just entering the prime of his career. He'll be 27 in November.
Here's the Scouts, Inc scouting report on Smiley:
And here is what Fooch, from Niners Nation, tells me about Smiley, our new right guard:
One last scouting report. It's a bit biased, coming from the 49ers' official website:
A big thanks to Fooch, as he was also the one who sent me the Scouts, Inc info from ESPN Insider.
Thoughts on this deal?