During the NFL Scouting Combine, teams and players have indirect, not quite legal, contact as front office personnel discuss possible contract numbers with player agents. While the league looks the other way, it's a place where rumors and possible destinations for a soon-to-be free agent can start to emerge.
One player who saw that happen this year is Sean Smith, the former Miami Dolphins cornerback. Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs began to receive speculation. It didn't help when former Dolphins teammate Vontae Davis, who is now with the Indianapolis Colts, sent out a tweet that basically alleged that Smith himself had been talking to the Chiefs - which the league would consider tampering.
However, the Dolphins did not really seem interested in pursuing a tampering charge, especially since, the only evidence may be Davis' tweet.
Today, those rumors proved true as Smith agreed to terms with the Chiefs. According to Smith's agent, the deal is a three year contract:
Miami had wanted to bring back their 2009 second round pick, but were not willing to pay the assumed asking price for Smith. Talks between the Dolphins and Smith seemed to cool as the free agency period got closer, and Smith moving on is not a big surprise.
But, at least we know putting out an APB for a missing free agent market actually works.
Sean Smith deal with KC is 3 yr, $18 mill, $11 mill guaranteed— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) March 14, 2013