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Report: DE Will Smith visiting Patriots

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Free agent former Saints defensive end Will Smith is reportedly visiting the Patriots.

According to ESPN, the Patriots are hosting free agent defensive end Will Smith.

Smith is a former first-round pick and veteran of 10 NFL seasons, although he missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL. The 6-3, 282 pounder had otherwise been pretty healthy in his career, playing all 16 games six times and at least 14 games three other times. He has 67.5 career sacks, including a career-high 13 in 2009. But he hasn’t had more than six in a year since then.

Smith could potentially add veteran depth to a thin defensive end depth chart in New England that includes starters Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, second-year backup Michael Buchanan, little-used third-year player Jake Bequette and not much else.

Smith was cut by New Orleans in February. He had been set to earn $11.5 million this season in the final season of his contract.

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