The busy free agency season continues for the Kansas City Chiefs, who signed free agent cornerback Sean Smith, the team announced today.
Smith joins the Chiefs following four seasons with the Miami Dolphins, playing in 63 games, including 56 starts (2009-12).
In 2012, he had two picks, 12 pass deflections and two forced fumbles.
He's recorded 208 tackles (178 solo), five INTs, 39 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, during his time in the league.
Being 6-foot-3, 218-pounds is never a bad thing, especially at the corner position.
Smith's size allows him to frustrate opposing receivers, something Chiefs secondary coach Emmitt Thomas and defensive assistant/secondary coach Al Harris will ensure he continues to do this season.
“They told me that they want me to come in and compete," Smith said of the Chiefs staff.
After speaking with Smith, via conference call, it doesn't appear chemistry will be an issue, especially with his coaches.
“It’s going to be fun," Smith said.
"I got the chance to meet coach Thomas, and just being with him for a few minutes, I could already tell, it’s going to be a great year. Like I said, coach Al Harris played with me in Miami and he also coached me last year. I already know where his mind is at. He’s also a guy that’s played for a long time and done it at a high level. I just can’t wait to get on the field with those guys and see how much better they’re going to make me.”
In Smith, the Chiefs secondary is gaining another player with durability; he's missed just one game, during his four-year career.
Besides sharing his excitement for joining the Chiefs, Smith gave the media an idea of what to expect from his former Dolphins teammate and current Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano.
“He’s a very reliable, hardworking player, who is always going to be there for his quarterback," Smith said of Fasano.
"He’s a guy who always makes the big play, when it’s needed most. Time and time again we needed a big play, the ball may not have been perfect or whatnot, but Fasano is always going to make that tough grab and always be resourceful.”
The 25-year-old Smith, a Pasadena, California native, originally entered the NFL as the second of two second-round draft choices (61st overall) of the Miami Dolphins in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Although it wasn't together, Smith played his college ball for the same school as new Chiefs QB Alex Smith, the Utah Utes.
He entered college as a running back, before moving to wide receiver and cornerback, as a redshirt freshman.
He played in 39 games (22 starts) for the Utes, tallying 80 tackles (43 solo), nine INTs, 16 passes defensed and three tackles for loss.
The signing of Smith, paired with the recent free agent additions of CB Dunta Robinson, as well as DE Mike DeVito, will give Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton creative options, utilizing his 3-4 defense.