Cole mentions that Smith fits the mold of the type of cornerbacks the Raiders prefer to target, given his size and length. The 49ers could really use some depth at the position as well.
Another option both teams could be considering, according to Cole, is Rams CB Janoris Jenkins, who is viewed by many as being the best available cornerback in this year’s free agent market.
Smith, 28, signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract that included $7.465 million guaranteed with the Chiefs back in 2013. He’s now in position to be one of the best available cornerbacks in this year’s market and should come away with a sizable contract.
In 2015, Smith recorded 35 tackles, two interceptions, and 12 pass defenses for the Chiefs over the course of 13 games.
Jenkins, 26, was taken in the second round of the 2012 draft and has one year remaining on his four-year, $4.99 million rookie contract that included $2.964 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of just $660,000 for the 2015 season, so you can see that he’s in line for a substantial raise next year.
In 2015, Jenkins appeared in 15 games and recorded 64 tackles, three interceptions, a forced fumble, and 15 pass defenses for the Rams. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 26 cornerback out of 111 qualifying players.
We have both players featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.