August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (91) against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Oakland Raiders could sign Will Smith in free agency


The New Orleans Saints purged from defensive stars on Wednesday in the first major salary cap slaughter of the offseason. Jabari Greer, Roman Harper and Will Smith were kindly asked to no longer play for the Saints and were cut by New Orleans effective immediately.

New Orleans is trying to find money any way they can to retain Jimmy Graham but the Saints loss in linebacker Will Smith may be the Oakland Raiders gain. According to Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur, the Black Hole could be absorbing a massive talent in Smith this offseason.

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen was the Saints defensive coach from 2006-2007 and was the secondary coach from 2007-2010. A reunion between Smith and Allen could be likely, as Smith’s injury in 2013 likely reduced his value on the free agent market and the Raiders would love to bargain shop and happen into one of the better defensive lineman on the market.

Oakland needs an edge presence and there’s no guarantee that they’ll land Jadeveon Clowney in the draft this May. Even if they do, having Smith around couldn’t hurt.

Tags: New Orleans Saints Oakland Raiders Will Smith

  • Sterling Archer

    32 year old coming off ACL surgery who hasn’t had more than 6 sacks since 2009…yup we can pass unless we can get him for near league minimum we should be building for the future not just next season.

  • J K

    Fresh Prince?

  • david l

    We need to take our time and spend our money wisely we don’ need anymore hasbeens

  • Bob

    Pass.

    • Lar Dog

      Why?

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    Yes we should get him with a contract that has incentives to be more.

    • stucktrader

      OAK has talent at the ends already… it’s time to get younger… If Smith was willing to come for a McFad type contract… sure… why not…

      This draft is going to be huge for OAK… hopefully Mack is still available… need sure fire stud players. There are a bunch of good WR (maybe not Watkins), but have size, speed and hands…