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Will Smith

Will Smith - #91 - DE

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 3"/ 282 lbs.
Birthday 07/04/1981
Birthplace Queens, NY
College Ohio State
Years played 10
Drafted 2004, 1st round, 18th pick by Saints

STATS, LLC 2012 STATS

Tack FF Int
58 0 0

NFL denies witness retractions in bounty probe

Posted June 21, 2012 @ 9:36 p.m. ET
The NFL has denied accusations it covered up retractions made by key witnesses in its bounty investigation.

Arbitrator hears second NFLPA grievance

Posted May 31, 2012 @ 2:29 a.m. ET
An arbitrator met with the NFL and NFLPA in a hearing Wednesday over whether Roger Goodell has the power to punish players involved in “Bountygate.”

Appeals made in NFL bounty case

Posted May 07, 2012 @ 12:44 p.m. ET
All four players suspended last week by the NFL for their participation in the Saints' bounty scandal filed appeals on Monday.

Union challenges Goodell's authority in 'bounty' suspensions

Posted May 05, 2012 @ 3:17 p.m. ET
The NFLPA asserts that the league gave up its right to suspend players for conduct that occurred before the signing of the CBA.

NFL responds to union grievance in bounty scandal

Posted May 04, 2012 @ 3:15 p.m. ET
The NFL has responded to the two arbitration proceedings filed by the NFLPA on behalf of four players who were suspended for their role in "Bountygate."

Vilma, three others suspended for roles in bounty program

Posted May 02, 2012 @ 12:42 p.m. ET
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Saints LB Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season for his role in the Saints’ bounty program.

Report: Saints will restructure DE Smith's contract

Posted March 01, 2012 @ 12:05 p.m. ET
The Saints will restructure the contract of DE Will Smith to create more salary cap space, PFW correspondent Mike Triplett reported.

Saints DE Smith says scheme limiting sack production

Posted Oct. 28, 2011 @ 4:30 p.m. ET
Saints DE Will Smith told PFW he thinks his sack production is significantly affected by New Orleans' defensive system.

Reports: NFL victorious in StarCaps case

Posted April 28, 2011 @ 1:48 p.m. ET
The NFL has finally won a court case in Minnesota.

Court sides with NFL in StarCaps case

Posted Feb. 08, 2011 @ 12:04 p.m. ET
A court ruling in Minnesota might mean suspensions could be on the way for three NFL players.

Pass-rush help one of Saints’ top needs

Posted Jan. 21, 2011 @ 11:55 a.m. ET
Team observers are largely in agreement that finding pass-rush help — most likely at defensive end — is sure to be a priority for the Saints after starting DEs Will Smith and Alex Brown made only 7½ sacks combined last season.

Saints DE Smith arrested on domestic abuse charge

Posted Nov. 27, 2010 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
Saints DE Will Smith was arrested and charged with domestic abuse battery early Saturday morning.

LB Anderson excelling for Panthers

Posted Oct. 23, 2010 @ 11:48 p.m. ET
Fifth-year LB James Anderson is having his best season, according to NFC South Whispers, and is providing one of the few encouraging signs for winless Carolina.

Saints' Smith in a constant rush

Posted Feb. 05, 2010 @ 1:56 p.m. ET
Saints DE Will Smith's motor might be his biggest asset when facing the challenge of pressuring the seemingly unflappable Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLIV.

Smith squares off vs. Johnson and Manning

Posted Feb. 03, 2010 @ 8:58 a.m. ET
PFW's Eric Edholm analyzes the matchup between Saints DE Will Smith and Colts OLT Charlie Johnson in the third of a daily series examining a matchup of the day leading up to Super Bowl XLIV.

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Posted March 12, 2013
People familiar with the situation say Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma have agreed to restructure their contracts in order to remain with the New Orleans Saints.||||||| The 31-year-old Smith and 30-year-old Vilma, both veteran defensive captains who were implicated in the NFL's bounty probe, would have consumed about $23 million combined in salary cap space had they not agreed to new deals before the new league year - and free agency - began Tuesday afternoon.
Posted Nov. 27, 2012
Saints defensive end Will Smith says he and linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be present Friday when their lawyers cross examine former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in Washington, D.C. Williams appears at a bounty hearing on Friday morning, according to a schedule set by Paul Tagliabue. The former NFL commissioner has been appointed to oversee the latest round of player appeals in the matter.||||||| Smith and Vilma will leave Atlanta after Thursday night's game against the Falcons. They are among four players issued suspensions of various lengths in the league's probe of the Saints' cash-for-hits program. Smith and Vilma are playing while their appeals are pending. Williams and former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo were two of the NFL's central witnesses in the probe. Cerullo's appearance is scheduled for Thursday.
Posted Oct. 17, 2012
The NFL is again urging a federal judge to avoid interfering in Commissioner Roger Goodell's efforts to discipline four players for the Saints' cash-for-hits bounty pool.In a response Wednesday to papers the players filed earlier this week, the NFL says its labor agreement gives Goodell the power to handle discipline involving conduct detrimental to football "at his discretion."||||||| U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan is considering the players' request to overturn varying suspensions to Saints linebacker Jon Vilma, Saints defensive end Will Smith, free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove and Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita.
Posted Oct. 09, 2012
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith on Tuesday for their role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal and reduced penalties for Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove.||||||| Smith's punishment stands at four games.
Posted Sept. 09, 2012
Saints defensive end Will Smith is in uniform for New Orleans' opener against Washington.||||||| Smith was reinstated Friday after his bounty suspension was lifted by an NFL appeals panel.

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