We're not quite to March 12 yet, meaning it's not technically legal for teams to talk with players who are free agents to be. Soooo, hypothetically, if potential free agent cornerback Sean Smith -- our top-ranked free agent cornerback -- has been talking to the Chiefs, it is most certainly tampering.
I seen my dude Sean Smith last night he said he talking to KC him & B Flowers will makes a good Duo— Vontae Davis (@VontaeDavis23) February 27, 2013
Davis is right -- Brandon Flowers and Smith would make a very nice pairing at cornerback. That's probably something the Chiefs have thought about. But if they're talking with Smith, it's tampering.
Which probably explains why Davis backpeddled faster than he would on an Andre Johnson go route, claiming he was hacked (or, if you prefer, "Hack") and he did not actually see or talk to Smith.
My Twitter was Hack I did not see Sean Smith last night!!— Vontae Davis (@VontaeDavis23) February 27, 2013
WOW hackers do any & Everything!— Vontae Davis (@VontaeDavis23) February 27, 2013
Now, hackers are a real pain these days. They've taken over lots of Twitter accounts recently, including Burger King and Jeep.
But I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Anon didn't target Davis and that he more likely tweeted the info and immediately got hit with a text from someone telling him to please quit saying stuff like that, thank you very much.
Smith has an interesting take on the matter, and quite the logical excuse for what went down, claiming he talked to Al Harris (the new Chiefs defensive backs coach) to congratulate on him on his new gig.
"Ok this is getting out of hand, I've never talked to any other team besides the Miami Dolphins," Smith tweeted on Wednesday. "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' [I don't know] but there is NOTHING going on! This is ridiculous"
Harris was with the Dolphins in 2012 as a coaching intern and then moved to KC prior to this season. It'll be interesting to see how the Dolphins (who could potentially pursue tampering claims) and the NFL handle this moving forward, but that's certainly a very good explanation for what happened.