Patriots sign former Saints DE Will Smith
For the first time in his 10-year career, defensive end Will Smith will be playing for a team other than the Saints.
Smith had been a free agent since February when the Saints the released him in a cost-cutting move that created $11.5 million in cap room for the team. Smith's contract with the Patriots has a base salary of $855,000, according to ESPN.com.
Although Smith's now in New England, that doesn't mean he's a lock to make the team. The veteran defensive end will have a couple of things working against him as he battles for a roster spot. Not only will Smith be 33 when the Patriots begin training camp in late July, but he'll also be returning from a knee injury that cost him the 2013 season.
Besides the ACL tear though, Smith has stayed relatively healthy throughout his 10-year career. Except for 2013, he's played in at least 14 games in every season since his rookie year in 2004. Smith's also tallied at least 5.5 sacks in eight of those nine seasons, including 2006, when he made the Pro Bowl after a 10.5 sack season.
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