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Saints to release DE/LB Smith in the off-season

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 21st, 2013 at 4:47 pm EST

The New Orleans Saints still have two games left in the regular season.

Yet, their management is already considering moves for the off-season. Word has gotten out that the Saints will release long-time Defensive End/Outside Linebacker Will Smith this off-season.

Will Smith (Getty Images)

Will Smith (Getty Images)

By releasing Smith, the Saints will receive $11.55 million in cap space. Also, by releasing him, it would close the gap of the nearly $17 million that the team is already over the 2014 salary cap.

Smith is presently on injured reserve with a torn ACL. The releasing of Smith is being called a no-brainer move by the team.

He will be 33-years-old this summer, and has spent his entire NFL career with the Saints. And he does not fit into Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defense.

He has not played at all this season. Last season, he had 58 tackles with 6 sacks.

He has been a member of the Saints defensive line since the 2004 season. The Ohio State product has not missed more than 2 games in a season before missing the entire year this season.

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