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After seeing Corey Webster fold down the stretch, New York will likely be looking to bolster its secondary by addressing the need for a cornerback.
Sean Smith had a decent season for the Miami Dolphins in 2012—posting 59 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles—but it wasn't an elite season for the 25-year-old.
And according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Smith will be seeking elite-corner money:
Elite cornerbacks are expecting $10 million per season. Agents will be looking at Brandon Carr's five-year $50 million deal with Dallas and Jason McCourty's 5-year, $43 million deal to stay in Tennessee and see that as the numbers to shoot for.
So Carr is averaging $10 million a year while McCourty is averaging $8.6 million per year.
That's the zip code cornerback Sean Smith expects to inhabit at the start of free agency. And yes, he's likely going to free agency. I don't think the Dolphins will pay that kind of money for Smith. They see him as a good player who still has unmet potential. They do not see him as a game-changer or playmaker.
Sorry, but Smith is not worth that type of money.
If the G-Men are going to dole out the cash on a CB this offseason, his name better be Darrelle Revis.
If the Giants could get Smith for cheaper, perhaps in the $6-7 million range, it'd be acceptable, but he definitely doesn't deserve elite money.