According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots are the leading candidates to land cornerback Sean Smith this offseason. After the Chiefs signed Dunta Robinson, they reportedly dropped out of the running. Roy Cummings confirms that the Buccaneers have spoken to Sean Smith's agent.

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Leading candidates for CB Sean Smith, as if this moment, appear to be Tampa Bay, Arizona and Pats. But things are fluid.

The 'legal tampering' period has been underway since midnight and during that time, the Bucs (nor any other team) can sign one of the unrestricted free agents -- or even reach an agreements. Apparently, teams can only have conversations with nothing resembling an agreement.