The New Orleans Saints will be facing some salary cap issues this off-season and management will definitely need to make some tough decisions. One player that the Saints will need to decide on is veteran defensive end, Will Smith.
Smith has been with the Saints since 2004 and during his nine-year career has never known another team. That could change this off-season if the Saints decide to let him go this season.
Smith is set to make about $10 million next season and his salary is probably the biggest cap constraint the Saints will face. However, the Saints are in desperate need of a good pass-rusher and with their current roster Smith seems to fit the bill.
Smith is fourth all-time on the Saints’ sacks list with 67.5 career sacks and last season was an understandably off year for Smith. There have been questions as to whether or not Smith can fit into the 3-4 defensive alignment the Saints will be playing next season.
According to Smith he feels very comfortable playing in the 3-4 and notes that it would not be much different to what he played in the past under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Smith believes that he can still be effective in the new defense, and while that would be great for the team something needs to be done about his contract.
Smith will no doubt have to restructure his contract this off-season because the $10 million he is expected to make next season will be too much for the Saints. Hopefully Smith and the Saints can work out some kind of contract restructure and see how he fits in the 3-4 next season. If Smith can be productive in the new defensive system the Saints should consider him for their future plans.