That being the case, Smith likely will hit the open market in search of a contract that will pay him in the neighborhood of $8 to $10 million per year.
Among the teams keeping tabs on Smith will be the Philadelphia Eagles. New coach Chip Kelly will be in the market for cornerbacks with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in search of big pay day and Nnamdi Asomugha a candidate for release.
In other words, Smith won't be playing for Kelly if he gets his reported wish of $24 million guaranteed over three years. A deal of that magnitude would surpass Jason McCourty's $20 million paycheck and flirt with Brandon Carr's $25.5 million deal.
Even with more defenses copying the Seattle Seahawks' physical press coverage, it's a steep price for a player who surrendered more combined first downs and touchdowns than any other cornerback in the NFL last season.@ChrisWesseling.