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Will Smith | Defensive Lineman

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/4/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 282
College: Ohio State
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Patriots released DE Will Smith.
The longtime Saint ran out of pass-rushing gas a few years back. Sun, Aug 24, 2014 05:27:00 PM

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The Boston Globe has observed that it looks like Patriots DE Will Smith "doesn't have much left in the tank and is in danger of being cut."

Smith is 33 and trying to come back from a torn ACL, a tough enough task for a 23-year-old. He's one of the most prolific pass rushers of the 2000s, but simply may be out of gas. Smith will have to turn it on over the next 2-3 weeks.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 09:39:00 AM

New Patriots DE Will Smith is still rehabbing from the torn ACL he suffered last August.

"I think he'll be competitive, but we'll have to see how he rehabs from the injury," were the words of coach Bill Belichick. "But we're optimistic that he'll be on the field and be able to compete at some point. He's not ready right now, but I think he will be." Smith will have to have a healthy and productive camp to guarantee his roster spot as a reserve pass rusher.
Source: WEEI.com
Mon, May 12, 2014 03:15:00 PM

Patriots signed DE Will Smith, formerly of the Saints.

Smith, going on age 33, missed all of 2013 with an ACL tear. He posted six sacks in 2012 as a defensive lineman, and will play with his hand in the dirt in Foxboro, perhaps filling the old Andre Carter role. Smith won't be in the mix to start for the Pats, and it's even possible he won't make the final roster.
Mon, May 5, 2014 02:34:00 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Patriots are "viewed as the leaders" for free agent DE Will Smith.

According to reporter Mike Florio, Smith appears amenable to a one-year deal. To date, the Pats have been Smith's lone visit, so it's hardly a surprise they're viewed as the favorites. They're likely just waiting for Smith's price to come down to their level.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 10:16:00 PM

Free agent DE Will Smith is visiting the Patriots.

Shortly after his release from the Saints, ESPN Boston suggested the Patriots could be interested in Smith. The 33-year-old (in July) missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL and may not have much left in the tank. He'd function as a situational pass rusher in New England behind Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 12:27:00 PM

According to NFL.com's Albert Breer, the Seahawks would be interested in free agent DE Will Smith if they failed to re-sign Michael Bennett.

Smith would be a fit for the Seahawks' 4-3 defense after the Saints planned to square peg/round hole him into their new 3-4 scheme last season. The plan never came to fruition after Smith tore his ACL in training camp. Smith would be an intriguing signing as a bargain-basement, situational pass rusher.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 08:38:00 PM

Free agent DE/OLB Will Smith says he's "just about 100 percent" recovered from last August's ACL tear.

"I had a whole year off with the ACL injury and I'm just about 100 percent," Smith said. The 32-year-old is hoping to latch on with a 4-3 defense, returning to his natural position of defensive end. "I think I'm at heart a 4-3 defensive end," he said. "That's something I would like to play. But if I go to a team that requires me to play outside linebacker, I'm cool with that."
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 12:44:00 PM

ESPN Boston suggests the Patriots could be interested in free agent DE Will Smith.

Smith was released by the Saints on Wednesday and is free to sign at any time. New England is looking for depth behind Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, and Smith could fill that role as a situational pass rusher. He'll turn 33 in July and shouldn't command more than a one-year deal near the veteran's minimum.
Source: ESPN Boston
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:25:00 AM

The San Francisco Chronicle "can really see" the Raiders being interested in free agent DE Will Smith.

Smith was released by the Saints on Wednesday and is free to sign with any other team immediately. Coach Dennis Allen was the Saints' assistant defensive line coach from 2006-2007 and was on the New Orleans staff until 2010. Those were Smith's glory days. All four of Oakland's defensive line starters from 2013 are free agents, but GM Reggie McKenzie needs to be aiming much higher. He has over $60 million in cap space. Smith is best-suited as a backup.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 06:15:00 PM

Saints informed DE/OLB Will Smith of his release.

The move will likely be made official Thursday and saves the Saints $11.55 million against the 2014 salary cap. It was a no-brainer move, as New Orleans was about $13 million above the projected cap. Smith was never a fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker in Rob Ryan's defense; he's a natural 4-3 end. He'll turn 33 this summer, and we don't anticipate him having a hot market. GM Mickey Loomis' work isn't done. Other veterans that could be in trouble include CB Jabari Greer, WR Lance Moore and S Roman Harper, among others.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 05:22:00 PM

Saints DE/OLB Will Smith is considered an obvious cap casualty candidate.

Smith, who is coming off a torn ACL and will turn 33 in July, is due $11.55 million in salary and bonuses. Even if he takes a drastic pay cut, the cap-strapped Saints will likely be moving on. Smith, a natural 4-3 end, is not a fit in Rob Ryan's preferred 3-4 anyway.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Feb 10, 2014 09:45:00 AM

The Saints can create $11.55 million in salary cap space by releasing DE/OLB Will Smith this offseason.

At the moment, the Saints project to be nearly $17 million over the 2014 cap. Releasing Smith, who is currently on I.R. as he recovers from a torn ACL, will be a no-brainer move. He'll turn 33 years old next summer and doesn't fit Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense, no matter what the Saints were saying in the preseason.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 10:53:00 AM

Saints placed DE/OLB Will Smith (ACL) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Attempting to remodel their defense under Rob Ryan, the Saints have now lost OLBs Smith and Victor Butler, and LE Kenyon Coleman to year-ending injuries. Smith's loss is probably the least devastating of those three, but is a reminder of how badly the team will struggle to generate pass rush no matter how well Ryan "schemes." They don't have depth or talent. Look for Junior Galette and Martez Wilson to open the season as Ryan's starting 3-4 outside 'backers.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 02:20:00 PM

Saints OLB Will Smith is down to 268 pounds in preparation for his switch from base 4-3 end to 3-4 stand-up edge rusher.

Smith, 32, is listed at 6-foot-3, 282 on the Saints' official website, so he's shed a decent amount of weight. We're still skeptical that he makes the 53-man roster, especially if both Junior Galette and Martez Wilson have solid summers. Smith is due a $3 million base salary after taking a March pay cut.
Sat, Jul 27, 2013 12:36:00 PM

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