The Eagles are reportedly one of a handful of teams in position to land former Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith, according to a report by NFL.com’s Ian Rappaport. The 49ers, Chiefs, Buccaneers, and Cardinals are also in the mix.
With today’s release of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and expected departure of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Eagles will now need to aggressively rebuild what can only be described as one of the most disappointing and underachieving cornerback tandems in the league’s recent history.
The 25-year-old is one of the top players on the market and is particularly attracitve because of a his 6-3, 218-pound frame who has the athletic skills to go with it. Smith, who figures to be aggressively pursued starting this afternoon, has played in all but one game during his four-year career.
With the likely departure of both Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, the team has the motivation and the necessary cap space to be aggressive in the opening stages of the free agency period, which they’ll need to be in order to land Smith.
The move to release Asomugha frees up nearly $11 million in cap space, so they’ll certainly have the financial flexibility to ink Smith should they so choose.