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Looking to fill the void in the secondary, the Patriots are reportedly interested in acquiring free agent cornerback Sean Smith just released by Miami. The Patriots won't be able to just grab him easy though, because they have competition from other teams such as the Bucs and Cardinals. The four-year corner out of Utah has averaged 16 games per season throughout his young career and with injuries being an issue at that spot for the Patriots that is a welcome sign.
The 25 year-old, Smith played for the Dolphins last season, making two interceptions, three forced fumbles and 59 total tackles. While Dennard faces his sentence and league suspension and the uncertainty of signing Talib, the Patriots will have to make a move and it’s a good sign that they realize that Arrington isn’t the answer.
Even so, Smith is not among the elite corner backs in the league and will most likely not have a huge impact on the Patriots lack-luster pass defense. He gave up too many big plays in 2012 and lacks the kind of consistency you would find from a top tier guy at that position. Don't look for him to be a major difference maker, but he can sure add depth that the Patriots lack at that position.
Yesterday marked the beginning of the “Legal Tampering Period” which will sure to bring a lot of news on the Patriots front with about 30 million dollars in CAP space.