The Miami Dolphins will not use franchise tag on cornerback
Sean Smith, according to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald.
Today is the first day NFL teams can use the Franchise tag on their UFAs. The Dolphins will NOT use their tag on Sean Smith. Period.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) February 18, 2013
It’s been reported that if the Dolphins are unable to reach
an agreement on a long-term contract extension with Smith, he will become a
likely candidate for the franchise tag. This would especially be the case if
Miami elects not to use the tender on wide receiver and fellow free agent Brian
However, Salguero continues to say that Miami will not tag
Smith regardless of how contract negotiations go. If this is the case, the young
cornerback will hit the open market, where his camp expects him to earn a
contract with an average annual value of $8 to $10 million.
At this point, it appears that the Dolphins are not
interested in committing a significant amount of money to Smith, whether it be
through the use of the franchise tag or a long-term extension. They would
likely turn to the NFL Draft for replacements if they ultimately part ways with
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