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Sean Smith Reportedly Signs with Oakland Raiders

Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Sean Smith (21) surveys the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2016

Free-agent cornerback Sean Smith is coming off a strong 2015 season, but the Kansas City Chiefs reportedly won't retain his services as he is expected to join a division rival.

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Raiders Reportedly Land Smith

Thursday, March 10

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reported "Smith has agreed to terms to become a member of the [Oakland Raiders]." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported "Smith agreed to a 4-year deal worth [$40 million], source said, with [$20 million] guaranteed."

Rapoport reported on Wednsday that the Raiders "turned their attention to [Smith]" now that Janoris Jenkins is off the market after his reported deal with the New York Giants. 

On Tuesday, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reported the Raiders were "very interested" in Smith.


49ers in Pursuit of Smith

Wednesday, March 9

The San Francisco 49ers are "big players" for Smith, according to Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network. 

Tafur reported on Tuesday the 49ers are "interested" in Smith. 


Smith Linked to Rams

Wednesday, March 9

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported the Los Angeles Rams have turned their attention to Smith now that Jenkins has reportedly agreed to join the Giants:


Smith Drawing Major Interest

Tuesday, March 8

"No surprise here, but I’m hearing [Smith] is already garnering significant interest on the market, and that multiple teams—but not the Chiefs—have already expressed interest since the tampering period began," the Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor added.    

Smith is seeking a contract that pays out between $8 million and $10 million annually, per the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs


Smith Emerged as Dependable CB in 2015

Although he missed the first three games of the 2015 season because of a suspension, Smith proved to be a reliable lockdown presence alongside Defensive Rookie of the Year Marcus Peters. In 13 appearances, Smith totaled two interceptions and 45 total tackles, as quarterbacks tended to avoid throwing to his side of the field. 

"I’m not a guy who is going to play off and get hella picks, (but) you just can’t throw it over there (at me)," Smith said, per Paylor. "You have to look somewhere else, you know what I mean?"

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