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Sean Smith signs with Raiders, 4-years, $40 million

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Former Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith, most recently of the Kansas City Chiefs, is signing with the Oakland Raiders on a 4-year, $40 million contract.

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Any hope of a homecoming for former Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith ended on Thursday with a report that Smith agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders. A second round pick of the Dolphins in 2009, Smith played for the South Florida franchise from 2009 to 2012, before leaving for a three-year stint with the Kansas City Chiefs. Now, he will move on to Raiders for more than double his contract value with the Chiefs:

Smith has recorded 10 career interceptions with one touchdown, 87 passes defensed, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 352 tackles. Last year with the Chiefs, he played in 13 games, all starts, with two interceptions, 12 passes defensed, and 45 tackles.

The Dolphins need cornerback help this offseason, and could have used a player like Smith. Unfortunately, he will now head out west to play in Oakland, who started this offseason below the minimum salary-cap spending floor and are now trying to spend the money needed to reach the required 89-percent of the salary cap from 2013-2016. Oakland had the second-most salary cap space ahead of free agency, with over $74 million to spend.