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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 3-4 anyway.
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Saints DE/OLB Will Smith is out for the season with a knee injury.
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 Smith "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.
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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.
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SportsNOLA.com considers OLB Will Smith on the roster bubble.
Smith took a $6 million pay cut this offseason, but is still due a $3 million base salary in 2013 and will be asked to convert to outside linebacker in DC Rob Ryan's 3-4 scheme. He remains a strong candidate for release if one of Junior Galette or Martez Wilson can overtake him for a starting job in training camp.