In the plea agreement reached last month in %%MATCH_6%% City Municipal Court, Chiefs Cornerback, Sean Smith, has been placed on two years probation and will not serve any jail time for his DUI last year. However, that doesn’t mean the NFL won’t incarcerate him to begin the season.
Under the NFL’s new drug policy, Smith will face a minimum two-game suspension to start the 2015 season. Though that’s the minimum term he can receive, should the league feel a longer suspension is warranted, he could miss as many as four games.
It’s certainly bad timing for Smith who had hoped to begin talks on a contract extension to avoid free agency next year. Now the Chiefs, who have the 18th pick of the first round in the upcoming NFL Draft and knowing Smith will miss some games this season, might consider taking a cornerback with that selection based on current events.
After a horrific season in 2014, Smith had a nice bounce back year in 2015. However, the Chiefs don’t have a lot of proven cornerback options outside of Smith. Among the potential starters for the Chiefs on opening day could come from Marcus Cooper, Phillip Gaines, Jamell Fleming or a rookie draft pick.
That could be problematic for the Chiefs the first two weeks of the season especially if they open the year against the pass happy Denver Broncos or another gun slinging offense inside or outside of the AFC West.
Luckily the Chiefs are entering the 2015 NFL Draft knowing cornerback depth is very strong. Even though they have needs at Wide Receiver, Offensive line and linebacker, that could be used with their first pick, those plans likely will change now that Smith won’t be available to start the season.
However, it’s important to keep in mind the Chiefs understood this suspension was coming and so drafting a cornerback, beyond the need to fill a potential starters role for just two games, quite likely was already in their draft plans.
As mentioned, Smith will be an unrestricted free agent at seasons end, and when you consider the Chiefs brief flirtation with Darelle Revis last month, it would appear the writing might be on the wall for Smith and his long-term tenure in Kansas City.
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