With those measurables and his age, shouldn't we least consider the one-year buy option of the franchise tag.
I actually think his measureables hurt him. He's too tall and lacks the hip movement that all good corners have. The Seahawks have tall corners, but Sherman and Browner are more athletic than Smith and they have the ability to recover when they get beat - unlike Smith. They're also much more physical than Smith, who is a poor tackler and overall soft player.
The franchise tag is almost $11 million for corners. To me, it would be a colossal mistake to tie up that much money in a mediocre player. That money can be better applied by giving it to a playmaker. As said, we can draft a better corner than Smith in the 2nd or 3rd round and pay him a fraction of that cost.
he's worth at least a 3rd rounder in a mid season trade
I don't see any team trading a 3rd for Smith, especially if he's not signed beyond 2013. The team would lose a high pick and then have to shell out a ton of money to keep Smith.
I just feel as though you just can't let that walk out the door and leave you empty handed.
I think it's best to just cut ties and make an effort to upgrade the position. And we'll get a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere, so it's not like we will be left empty-handed.
The guy will have a job by 10pm on March 12th.
Maybe, but I just hope it's not with the Dolphins...