The Miami Dolphins‘ Sean Smith has been trying to clear the air late this afternoon after Vontae’ Davis told the “Twitter” world that Smith was talking with the K.C. Chiefs and that he and Brandon Flowers would make a good duo. Problem is, that’s tampering.
Too bad for Miami that it appears to not be true. If it were, the Dolphins would be in line to add another pick or two as a result of NFL tampering rules. Instead, Davis says his “Twitter” account was hacked and that he hadn’t seen Sean Smith. Maybe it was his grandmother.
Smith has come out and said that he has not talked to anyone outside of the Miami Dolphins…which in and of itself implies that he has at least talked with them. There is however a hole in this story as far as I can tell. Perhaps I am either reading too much into it or not enough.
The question I have is that Davis claims that his account was hacked and Smith, during his denial, said that he and Davis had in fact talked.
“Ok this is getting out of hand,” Smith began, on a message that went way over 140 characters. “I’ve never talked to any other team besides the Miami Dolphins. Yes I talked to vontae and I told him Al Harris (our former coach) got the job up in KC and that I talked to him a few days ago to tell him congrats. That’s it! Now why he interpreted that as “talking to KC” idk but there is NOTHING going on! This is ridiculous” – Profootballtalk.com
So apparently if you believe Smith, the two of them talked while Davis believes that his account was hijacked. Either way, this is nothing overly concerning. A simply mix up between players and players. The problem is that while it may have been absolutely harmless, it also may have not been.
The larger issue is of course that tampering is so very hard to prove and with so many outlets of communication available, it’s likely that if a player and a team wanted to talk, they could do exactly that. In fact, it’s not just likely, it’s more than likely that a number of impending free agents have done exactly this. And why not? A player who gets it leaked that he is talking to someone else immediately puts his current team on notice that he is willing and ready to leave.