Report: Patriots to Sign Veteran DE Will Smith

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots have reportedly agreed to terms with veteran pass rusher Will Smith.

The New England Patriots have reportedly filled one of the last major holes on their roster.  As first reported by ESPN Boston's Field Yates, the Patriots have agreed to terms with veteran ex-Saints pass rusher Will Smith.

Smith, 32, has spent his entire 10 year career with New Orleans, and has drawn the praise of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in the past.  At 6'3" and 282 lbs, Smith is known as a gifted and powerful pass rusher.  However, he missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in training camp.

While he should be ready to go when camp begins this year, it is important to note that he may take some time getting up to speed.  Smith also hasn't recorded more than 6.5 sacks in a season since 2009, so it's not exactly like he's producing at an All-Pro level at this point (as his PFF grades would also reflect).

Still, while Smith may not be the answer to all of the team's pass rushing woes, he's a veteran guy with a Super Bowl ring who will contribute.  His presence also takes some pressure off the Patriots from needing to select a pass rusher early in Thursday's draft (although I'd still like to see the Patriots invest in that area).

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