Looks like Sean Smith is tearing it up in camp this year. He lost a bunch of weight too (24 lbs) and has been balling it up. Do you guys think we should extend him during the season or let him hit FA and press our luck? Corners are a BIG item in FA and they go fast, so I expect someone to shell out a lot of $ for this him if he his FA. And believe me someone WILL shell out a lot of $ for a big corner like SS.
In comparison, this offseason Brandon Carr got 5 year $50 Mil and last year Nnamdi Asomugha got 5 years $60 Mil. So SS will want something around $10 to $12 Million per year (assuming no hometown discount).
Another option I think could and is more likely to happen is that we extend Long (Joe Thomas got 7 years $84 Mil, $12Mil per year) - who would get $15.36 million if we tag him instead (120% of his 2012 cap number of $12.8 million) - and then tag SS ($10.6 Million 1 year). **THIS IS MY VOTE**
Either way this is an issue for Ireland, the good news is we will have about $40 Million in cap space next offseason. At the same time Ireland has shown to be pretty shrewd with the cap and not giving in to players, so I dont see a max contract coming from us. If he wants to stay he will have to take a hometown discount or else he will be shown the door.
ASSUMING he has a breakout year what are your thoughts?