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Derek Smith | Linebacker

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (43) / 1/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 240
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 3 (80) / WAS

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In addition to Derrick Brooks, the Saints had in free agent LB Derek Smith for a workout Tuesday.
Smith is a tad younger than Brooks at 34, but would be the better option if the Saints want an inside linebacker. Brooks is purely an outside 'backer. Tue, Aug 11, 2009 02:26:00 PM

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Dolphins signed LB Derek Smith and waived WR Chris Hannon.

A sign that Channing Crowder may not be ready to play this week. Smith began this season as a starter in San Diego, but is well past his prime.
Tue, Dec 23, 2008 02:32:00 PM

Chargers released LB Derek Smith.

Smith, 33, began the season as San Diego's starting inside linebacker next to Matt Wilhelm but was totally ineffective and was replaced by Stephen Cooper. Smith's 12-year career has probably reached its end.
Wed, Nov 12, 2008 06:22:00 PM

Derek Smith has a "strong chance" to start at inside linebacker for the Chargers' first four regular season games.

That's how long Stephen Cooper will be suspended. Cooper will almost certainly regain his job once he's reinstated. Smith, 33, would be getting the nod over Brandon Siler, Tim Dobbins, Jyles Tucker, and Anthony Waters.
Sun, May 4, 2008 11:28:00 PM

Chargers signed LB Derek Smith, formerly of the 49ers, to a two-year contract.

Smith's play sharply declined the past two years. It's odd the Bolts would want the 33-year-old behind Matt Wilhelm and Stephen Cooper with Brandon Siler, Tim Dobbins, and 2007 third-rounder Anthony Waters in reserve. He's a smart player, though, and experienced depth can't hurt. Smith still may not be a lock to make the club.
Sun, Feb 24, 2008 05:44:00 PM

49ers waived LB Derek Smith.

The move was expected, as Smith was scheduled to earn $3.28 million after evolving into a one-down player for the 49ers. The 33-year-old will catch on elsewhere if he wants, but the 49ers are expected to use the savings as they make a run at Lance Briggs.
Tue, Feb 19, 2008 02:03:00 PM

The 49ers met with the agent for ILB Derek Smith this week.

There's no word on what was discussed, but Smith will have to take a big pay cut to remain a 49er in 2008. The Niners continue to be the heavy subject of rumors involving free agent Lance Briggs. Briggs' strength is his sideline-to-sideline ability, but he would apparently play Smith's TED position if signed.
Fri, Jan 25, 2008 01:01:00 AM

49ers ILB Derek Smith may not be back with the team in 2008.

Smith has played in every game this season, but reeled off only 78 tackles, a low for him since 2000. The 49ers could go with Brandon Moore, who has better big play ability, next to Patrick Willis inside next season.
Mon, Dec 24, 2007 05:41:00 PM

49ers ILB Derek Smith has begun losing snaps to Jeff Ulbrich.

The Niners' defense seemed a bit more energized with Ulbrich in there over Smith against Atlanta, but neither player would be a very good IDP pickup.
Sun, Nov 4, 2007 07:03:00 PM

49ers head coach Mike Nolan says the team's starting weak inside linebacker position is "Derek (Smith's) job to lose."

"In third downs, it's Patrick (Willis') job to keep or lose," Nolan continued. Willis reportedly is proving he has a lot to learn and hasn't overtaken Smith yet. It's still likely that the first-rounder will during the season, but he may not be an IDP stud initially.
Thu, Aug 2, 2007 10:07:00 PM

Derek Smith is being pushed by first-round pick Patrick Willis to be the 49ers' weak inside linebacker.

Smith's peripheral vision is limited following offseason eye surgery. It would be a surprise if he's not overtaken by the younger, faster Willis.
Sun, May 6, 2007 04:09:00 PM

49ers inside linebacker Derek Smith (eye surgery) is expected to begin participating in live drills in May.

It was originally feared that Smith could miss part of training camp.
Sat, Apr 7, 2007 11:55:00 AM

49ers inside linebacker Derek Smith underwent surgery to repair a muscle in his right eye Monday night.

In 2006, Smith attributed an early-season inability to zero in on opposing running backs to blurry vision. He's expected to be withheld from contact drills until the preseason, so he'll likely miss training camp.
Tue, Feb 27, 2007 04:45:00 PM

Derek Smith is inactive for San Francisco Sunday.

Jonas Jennings, DT Lance Legree, TE Delanie Walker, and QB Shaun Hill are also out for San Francisco.
Sun, Dec 31, 2006 02:58:00 PM

49ers MLB Derek Smith (questionable, hamstring) practiced fully Friday.

He appears likely to return this weekend at Denver. Smith may need to undergo eye surgery at some point during the upcoming offseason.
Fri, Dec 29, 2006 06:33:00 PM

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