Was reading some debate in a thread whether Will Smith could be a viable 3-4 player. That is debate worthy. What is even more important when considering his future is his contract and cap implications. In effort to sort of clean the air and establish board consensus on him, here are three main options-
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.
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.
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.
I see no real option but #2. I cannot see continuing cap commitment to 32 year old DE with declining skills that has never played in a 3-4 before. Better to cut bait and absorb the $5.5. Move on into the newest new era of Saints defense.
Can we all just color him gone or is there some other possibility?
BONUS: Will Smith legacy questions-
Grade Will Smith's career as a Saint (A-F).
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? Image: http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2010/0203/nfl_g_smith01_576.jpg