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The Chiefs signed former Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith. Oakland was trying to sign him as well. He was one of the best cornerbacks available, but the market has been soft.
The Chiefs added Dunta Robinson last Friday. He is a starting-quality player, but he is best served as a nickelback. The team also has standout Brandon Flowers. Adding Smith is a nice coup for Kansas City.
Oakland badly needs a cornerback, and Smith would have been the team's best. But the Chiefs won the battle.
In other AFC West news:
New Denver cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said one of the reasons that he agreed to sign with the Broncos is the coaching he will get. He said his visit with Broncos coaches wasn’t all roses. He was told he needed to improve and he liked that.
“When I came in, the one thing that stood out when talking to everybody, they didn’t really just talk about what I can do as a player, they pointed out my flaws and told me how they can help me get better,” he told reporters in Denver. "Just the guys they’ve got here, the coaching staff, I really bought into the system, to be honest.”
The Bengals reportedly will try to keep cornerback Terence Newman. He is visiting with the Raiders. It wouldn’t be a killer if Oakland loses out on Newman. There are plenty of good cornerback options still available.
The Dolphins are interested in San Diego cornerback Quentin Jammer.
The Kansas City Chiefs took advantage of the glut of available cornerbacks and added to what could be one of the NFL’s best units. They beat out the rival Oakland Raiders in the process.