Former Utah cornerback Sean Smith headed to Chiefs

Published: Thursday, March 14 2013 2:13 p.m. MDT

Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith, left, runs upfield after intercepting a pass from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo intended for wide receiver Laurent Robinson (81) in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. Smith, a second-round draft pick from the University of Utah, has agreed to a three-year deal with Kansas City.

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Former University of Utah cornerback Sean Smith landed with a new team Thursday, agreeing to terms of a reported three-year deal with Kansas City.

Smith spent his first four seasons in the NFL with Miami and started every game the past two seasons with the Dolphins. Smith's agent, David Canter, confirmed the deal via Twitter.

According to several reports, Smith's contract is worth $18 million, with $11 million in guarantees.

Smith, a second-round pick out of Utah, came into the offseason as one of the most sought-after free agents on the market. NFL.com had him listed among its top 15 available free agents, calling Smith, "A physical player who occasionally looks like a true No. 1 cornerback ... at least for a few games at a time."

Last season, Smith recorded 53 tackles, 12 passes defended, two interceptions and three forced fumbles with Miami.

Smith, listed at 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, is likely to start at cornerback for Kansas City opposite Brandon Flowers. The Chiefs also signed former Atlanta Falcon Dunta Robinson, forming a cornerback trio with plenty of starting experience. Robinson is expected to serve as the team's nickelback.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweeted, "If Denver has Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, would make sense for KC to have Sean Smith, Dunta Robinson and Brandon Flowers."

Other teams that were reportedly interested in signing Smith included the Eagles and Raiders.

"Oakland badly needs a cornerback, and Smith would have been the team's best," ESPN's Bill Williamson wrote. "But the Chiefs won the battle."

Smith is the second former Ute standout to head to Kansas City this offseason. The Chiefs traded for quarterback Alex Smith, the former No. 1 draft pick for San Francisco in the 2005 NFL draft.

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