Former Saint Will Smith visiting the Patriots today


The Patriots have done good business in the past with veteran defensive players at the ends of their careers.

They’re giving it another shot today.

According to John Clayton of ESPN, former Saints defensive end Will Smith is visiting the Patriots today.

Smith’s attempt to fit into a 3-4 with the Saints never got off the ground last year, as he tore his ACL in training camp. Before then, there were legitimate questions about whether he’d fit or whether he wanted to. It became a moot point when he became part of their veteran cap-clearing purge in February.

He’s been a productive pass rusher at times in the past, and for a cheap fill-in, the Patriots could do worse.

25 responses to “Former Saint Will Smith visiting the Patriots today

  1. This is a story about how my life got flipped turned upside down, and I’d to take a minute so just sit right there, let me tell you how I came to a cheating franchise called New England.

  2. .

    As with most of these types of situations your risk / reward ratio is somewhat low. If Smith is productive, the Patriots get a bargain. If not, you’ve lost your modest investment and you move on.


  3. Guess the Jake Bequettee experiment will soon end in Foxbourgh. That cat could never get on the field unfortunately.

  4. It wouldn’t be a bad depth move – but expect the Pats to be looking for a pass rusher early in the draft.

    And FYI to Patriots Haters: #obsessmuch?

    Who would have thought a 2007 violation of a 2006 memo regarding camera placement would cause them so much anguish – but I guess when your own team gives you little to cheer about you have to resort to hating another team.

    (BTW – in case you didn’t notice all NFL coordinators STILL cover their mouths when calling in plays)

  5. Patriots always add a veteran pass rusher/DL every summer. We need a guy who can fill in for Chandler Jones/Ninkovich. One of them go down, and we’re screwed. Perhaps Hightower can play a little DE.

  6. In last year’s preseason I noticed that every time Will Smith had to go out to cover a TE or RB out of the backfield, he was as slow as molasses… But he looked decent when pass rushing….for his age.

  7. Maybe he also hopes to suggest a modest bidding ‘war’ between the Pats & Bengals?

  8. I’ve often wondered why Florio will edit any post that is even marginally negative to him or his site within about 10 minutes, yet allows these same 4 or 5 sick individuals to post the same inaccurate screed on EVERY story that the Pats are involved with.

    Mike, NONE of these haters ever have anything to offer on the topic at hand, and what’s worse is that its the same sorry crap EVERY time.

    Please feel free to explain this rather odd editorial policy at any tune.

  9. As a lifelong Saints fan, I really grew to like Will. Hope the best for him, really hope he can return to form and finish his career in style. Will, just remember, it is still not ok to hit D Brees.

  10. Lets get a few things straight, Smith is an absolute Beast against the run. He has played the 5 Tech in a 3/4. He also played the Edge guy. I don’t think BB would bring him in to cover RB’s out of the backfield but play him in an under front end or 5 Tech. This was his first major injury in his career which was a freak accident. He has been rehabbing for the last 7 months and looks to be in good shape. I think he has at least 3 years left in the tank. He was a first round pick, a pro bowler and super bowl champ. He is supposed to be a great locker room guy and former team captain. Doesn’t look like much of a risk to me.

  11. Joesixpack, you are 100% correct. If somebody doesn’t like the Patriots, that’s fine, it’s a free country, but if you’re going to post a comment, at least don’t repeat the same thing over and over from 2007. Could all the Patriots haters please find/invent something new to complain about? As Clint Eastwood said to his CO at the end of Heartbreak Ridge: “With all due respect, sir, you’re beginning to bore the hell out of me.”

  12. Tough guy, still has a little left in the tank, oh, almost forgot to laugh at the bounty gate stuff, ha ha ha…please try to come up with something new…

  13. All these solid players looking to join the patriots. Must piss off sad franchises like the Vikings who have won zero titles

  14. He’d be a good fit. They don’t need a star, just some depth at DE. Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich are both excellent, although they can’t possibly play 98% and 95% snaps respectively over the course of another season.

  15. @grimreaper – Pats got screwed when Wilfork and Kelley went down last year. They didn’t get the sacks but they pushed the pocket and moved the QB off of his spot and ran them into Jones and Ninkovich. By the end of the year Jones and Ninkovich looked like they were doing jumping jacks on every play – they would get stonewalled at the line of scrimmage and just jumped up and down waving their hands in the air in hopes of batting down a pass.

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