November 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (91) against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: DE Will Smith To Visit New England


Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Will Smith (91) against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

According to Mike Reiss (and John Clayton), defensive end Will Smith is set to visit the Patriots today.

Even though the Pats have two solid starting defensive ends in Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones, adding quality depth to the edge should be a priority for Bill Belichick and company. One of the biggest reasons they lost last January to Denver, is because of the lack of pressure they put on Peyton Manning. Ninkovich and Jones need breaks, and when they come off of the field, someone has to continue producing. I think Smith could be a solid addition for this defense.

Smith did miss all of the 2013 season with an ACL tear, and given his age, he may not be effective anymore. But if there is one coach in this league that can get one more year out of him, Bill Belichick is the man to do it.

In nine seasons in the NFL, Smith has totaled 459 tackles, 67.5 sacks, 20 forced fumbles, and he even has a couple of interceptions.

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  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    It should be a priority to get good depth behind Chandler and Rob…..they are effective starters but having to play 90% of the snaps diminishes their ability to pressure the QB on a regular basis. Pats need to find good depth DEs who can keep pressure on the QB while the starters get a breathier. Good depth is everything especially when there are unexpected injuries.