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11

Saints and Smith Agree to 6 Year Contract Extension

Saints and Smith Agree to 6 Year Contract Extension

by New Orleans Saints PR, NewOrleansSaints.com
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 – 2:54 PM

New Orleans, La.- The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with DE Will Smith to a six-year contract extension, which will take the defensive ends contract through the 2014 season. The announcement was made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

“We are excited about getting this long-term contract done with Will,” said Loomis. “We view him as one of our core players and look forward to him having an impact on our defense for years to come.”

Smith, a 6-3, 282-pound product of Ohio State, was originally selected by the Saints in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft with the 18th overall pick. The native of Utica, New York has started 43-of-62 games and has and collected 265 career tackles, 33.5 sacks for -221.5 yards, 12 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and 12 passes defensed.

Smith’s sack total through his first four NFL seasons with the club is ranked third in franchise history He will be entering his fifth NFL season in 2008. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2006, Smith has recorded 121 tackles, 17.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Elected by his teammates as one of two defensive captains for 2007, he made 65 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, leading the club in quarterback takedowns in recoveries. In 2006, Smith collected a career-high 10.5 sacks, making 56 tackles, also adding three forced fumbles, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery as he was voted to the Pro Bowl.

By agreeing to an extension with the Saints, Smith becomes the latest in what has been a busy off-season for the club. The team re-signed 2007 starters and key contributors WR Terrance Copper, G Jonathan Goodwin, K Martin Gramatica, WR Devery Henderson, TE Eric Johnson, TE Billy Miller, G Jamar Nesbit, WR David Patten, LB Mark Simoneau, RB Aaron Stecker and DT Brian Young and key contributors DT Antwan Lake, TE Billy Miller, S Jay Bellamy, DT Rodney Leisle, also added free agent QB Mark Brunell, CB Randall Gay, CB Aaron Glenn and DB Bobby McCray and acquired LB Jonathan Vilma from the New York Jets.

Jun

04

Saints end relationship with Mueller

Saints end relationship with Mueller

1:34 PM Wed, Jun 04, 2008 |
Bradley Handwerger
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The rumors have been out there for much of the morning and now the Saints have made it official, sending out a press release this afternoon.

Vice President of Player Personnel Rick Mueller is no longer with the franchise as it’s “restructuring” the Player Personnel Department.

The club also hired Khai Harley to become the Director of Football Administration. Harley’s previous job was with the league as the manager of labor operations with the NFL Management Council.

According to the release the Saints sent out, “Harley’s primary focus with the Saints will be managing the salary cap, and his responsibilities will also include contract negotiations, coordinating different areas of the football operations and being involved in the administrative functions of running the club on a daily basis.”

General Manager Mickey Loomis, in getting rid of Mueller and the Player Personnel Department as we know it, said it was a tough decision. He noted that under Mueller the franchise drafted running back Deuce McAllister, wide receiver Marques Colston and defensive end Will Smith, all of whom were pretty key in New Orleans’ 2006 NFC South title as well as its run to the NFC Championship Game.