In a column on the Miami Dolphins season as a whole, beat writer Armando Salguerro made sure to drop in a paragraph denying a report yesterday that the Miami Dolphins may use the franchise tag on young, rising cornerback Sean Smith. Salguerro wrote, “That is not accurate. The Dolphins have no intention of using the franchise tag on Smith.”
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Smith bounced back after a rough year in 2011 and built on his 2010 form this season with a big year. The 25-year-old does an especially good job shadowing physical No. 1 wideouts, and he has the makings of a legitimate No. 1 corner in this league. In fact, he is a No. 1 corner. However, he isn’t completely proven yet and franchising a player goes to a completely different level.
If the Dolphins want to franchise Smith, then they would have to give him $10 million. That’s a ridiculous sum of money to a guy who has had one solid and one very good season, but who has not yet shown the consistency that warrants that type of a contract. Smith deserves a solid sum of money and to be locked up, but it would be imprudent for the Dolphins to throw $10 million at him for one season.
In his piece, Salguerro even went as far to say that Smith might not be worth half that much, and he cites the fact that Smith is not a playmaker. There’s no denying that, but he is a shutdown corner. Salguerro is a very reliable beat writer, so I trust him when he says the Dolphins “have no intention” of franchising Sean Smith.