New Orleans Saints Bring in Much Needed Depth with Jason Smith Signing
The New Orleans Saints finally began to address their left tackle vacancy by signing former New York Jets offensive tackle Jason Smith. Smith was the St. Louis Rams’ 2009 second overall pick, but did not exactly pan out with the Rams. Smith played last season with the Jets before being cut, and now he has signed a one-year deal with the Saints.
Smith has been brought to compete for the starting left tackle position with Charles Brown. If the season started today Brown would likely be the starting left tackle, but with Smith in the mix, it could now be either one. Despite Smith’s signing, the Saints do not exactly have a long term solution at left tackle.
Head coach Sean Payton has said that he has “nightmares” about the Saints’ left tackle situation, and there is still a possibility that the Saints could look to the 2013 NFL Draft to bring in some more depth. Since losing Jermon Bushrod to the Chicago Bears, the Saints have been looking to fill a void at left tackle and the team has begun to do that with this signing.
Smith’s signing could mean that the Saints might not have to trade up in the draft to get an offensive tackle. There is speculation that the Saints are looking to trade up in the draft to get Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson, but with Smith’s addition, that could change things. Perhaps they will wait until their third round pick to get an offensive tackle.
The Saints have made another great move by bringing in Smith because now they will have some depth at the left tackle position. Smith is a former number two overall pick so it is evident that he still has some skills. It would be great for Smith and the Saints if he had a resurgent season with the team.
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