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think ya got it's $5.5 + salary to keep him. Vet minimum would be $840K. So $6.3mil to stay.


I understand now. Then nevermind, time to let him walk.

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Is there any trade potential.



Let me ask you... I have a 32yo DE with declining skills. You'll be obligated to his $14.5mil cap hit. If you can do a new deal with him you still have to account for $5.5mil towards your cap on top of that. Interested?



I would think there would be some market for him somewhere. Avril, Osi and Freeny will be going elsewhere. The Colts and Giants have late draft picks. We could trade him to the Colts for a 6th rounder or something.






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I've always liked Will Smith, hell, I sold him his Playstation 3 when he got drafted here. However, like others have said, the production, or lack there of is not worth the cost. He's going to be 32 next season and I just don't see him being a factor in the 3-4.





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blueslover
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I would think there would be some market for him somewhere. Avril, Osi and Freeny will be going elsewhere. The Colts and Giants have late draft picks. We could trade him to the Colts for a 6th rounder or something.


Really? for a 32yo declining skills player that you have $5+mil of cap obligated to even if you cut him? Almost $15mil of obligation if ya keep him as is. The Colts would want another 4-3 background DE that has never played any 3-4?

We gotta pay the price for the bad decision the team made in extending him in '08 at $61mil for 6 years.

Many might know we still had $1million of cap hit still this past season for dead money to Reggie Bush.

Loomis is a top cap manager but no one bats 1.000 when it comes to these decisions.






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saintsfan22
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1. Do nothing and he returns under his current contract. That takes no effort and will cost $14.5+ million against the cap. This is totally unfeasible by any stretch of the imagination.


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2. Cut him and move on. This will cost the team about $5.5mil against the cap. Spendy, but the price for rolling salaries and bonuses forward.


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3. Renegotiate a new deal. He's gonna cost the $5.5mil no matter what. He still could get more than vet minimum on the open market. So it's whatever salary you can negotiate on top of the $5.5mil. Say he can stay for $6.5-7.5mil a year and would be for a couple of years at least.

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Grade Will Smith's career as a Saint (A-F).


B. He was a top 2 or 3 player on the defense his entire tenure, you could say that doesn't mean much but that's not his fault.
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Would you be satisfied if this year's #15 had the degree of impact and career as he did as a #18 overall in 2004?

Sure






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Jcorye1
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Yet again, it matters what flavor of 34 you guys use.

If he's expected to watch both gaps a la Belichick's 34, yeah he's going to be garbage. If he's just there to watch the edge and push the pocket, he can be successful.






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Jcorye1

Sometimes I forget that Bill Belichick invented the game of football as we know it all by himself.

But thankfully, I am reminded every time you post.






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But thankfully, I am reminded every time you post.





Fine... Smith would probably do very well in a Wade Phillips style 34. It would give him a chance to use his strong body to push the tackle while only looking at one gap.






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STEVED00
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Unfortunately I think he is gone. I have always like Will. He plays hard every play and plays thru injury.

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As far as legacy, I would give him a B+ for his career. He hasn't been a superstar, but he has been a starter or contributer for 9 years. That's a pretty long career for an NFL player. He has even made a pro bowl. I would be very happy if pick #15 turned out like him.


Agree w/ B+. My memories serves me correct he got screwed out of the Pro Bowl a couple of times.






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HE IS HISTORY along with SED ELLIS. nothing surprising about it.





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blueslover
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I think we've established consensus that he is all but gone.

One more add about keeping him- the $5.5million number I was reciting whether you keep him is against the cap for accounting. In reality it is for bonuses that have already been paid to him. I think Smith could still get beyond the vet minimum for another team going 4-3. Hard to imagine offering him $1-2mil to play 3-4 for the first time at age 32.






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STEVED00
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Hard to imagine offering him $1-2mil to play 3-4 for the first time at age 32


Well to be fair, IMO it would not be that difficult for him to bulk up and transition to a 3/4 DE. He has always been really good at point of contact and against the run.

I guess what I'm saying is typically speed and explosiveness decrease with age quicker than strength and power. I think it would be a good transition for him and I think he has the frame to bulk up.

I'm not saying the Saints could afford to do it, but I could see Smith playing somewhere as a 3/4 DE.




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hugo_boss
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Well to be fair, IMO it would not be that difficult for him to bulk up and transition to a 3/4 DE. He has always been really good at point of contact and against the run. I guess what I'm saying is typically speed and explosiveness decrease with age quicker than strength and power. I think it would be a good transition for him and I think he has the frame to bulk up. I'm not saying the Saints could afford to do it, but I could see Smith playing somewhere as a 3/4 DE.


You've been watching a completely different Will Smith than I have this past decade.






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SaintLSUnAtl
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Give him a B career

Normally I'd be satisfied if #15 had the type career Smith but we desperately need a difference maker this year.






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Two of the major personnel decision failures in the Payton era have been new deals for Charles Grant & Will Smith.


You're 100% correct and the most disappointing thing is that everyone but the Saint's decision makers knew it. At the time, Grant and Smith became top 10 earners at their position and that was a major risk. They rolled the dice on both and lost miserably on Grant and didn't get even money on Smith. I hope Loomis takes note of the Grant, Smith and Harper situations and plays closer to the vest in the future.






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story & interview with WS

"Yeah, like I've said before part of the defensive scheme we had before was some sort of 3-4 anyway, that's what we've been doing," Smith said. "In my mind it's nothing I'm not used to so I'm not worried about it."

"I've seen (Loomis) and said 'hi, bye,' and that was pretty much the extent of it," Smith continued. "I mean, as far as (restructuring) or anything, we'll just see what happens."

---we will see, hopefully sooner than later






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