In the wake of losing Janoris Jenkins to the New York Giants yesterday, one of the more popular names floated by Rams fans as a potential free agent replacement was Chiefs CB Sean Smith (our look at FA and the draft options following Janoris' departure here).
Early this morning, the Raiders swooped in and took him off the market:
The #Raiders and Sean Smith agreed to terms last night, oh, around 3 am. He's flying to Oakland today. Oakland gets their guy.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2016
The #Raiders and CB Sean Smith agreed to a 4-year deal worth $40M, source said, with $20M guaranteed— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2016
It's the third major signing for the Raider in free agency thus far having signed G Kelechi Osemele as well as inking OLB Bruce Irvin.
There are still 53-man roster-caliber cornerbacks out there in guys like Giants CB Prince Amukamara, Chargers CB Patrick Robinson, Packers CB Casey Heyward or Steelers CB Brandon Boykin. The question is likely fit. With E.J. Gaines returning to join Trumaine Johnson and Lamarcus Joyner, the Rams have three corners with Joyner likely selling in the slot as the nickel back. Where would the Rams bolster the CB depth through free agency? On the outside or inside to cover for Joyner in case of injury (either to Joyner or to the outside starters and then a need to slide Joyner outside)?
Stay tuned today.