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Dwight Smith released

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    Saints releasing veteran free safety Dwight Smith
    By Len Pasquarelli
    ESPN.com


    The New Orleans Saints apprised agent Drew Rosenhaus on Thursday that they have abandoned their efforts to trade starting free safety Dwight Smith, one of their steadiest defenders during a dismal 2005 season, and instead will release the veteran defensive back after just one year with the franchise.


    The move comes after New Orleans officials spent much of the offseason attempting to trade Smith, and just one week before Saints players are scheduled to report to summer training camp at Millsaps College near Jackson, Miss.


    A five-year veteran, Smith will become an unrestricted free agent once his name officially appears on the NFL internal transactions network, which could come as early as Thursday afternoon. While the Saints apparently could not find a trade deal to their liking, it is expected that Smith will have multiple suitors as a free agent.


    One franchise that probably will pursue him is Tampa Bay, the franchise with which Smith began his NFL career. It will not be surprising if Smith has a new home within two or three days.


    The former Akron standout, a third-round pick of the Bucs in the 2001 draft, is the kind of safety many teams covet -- an interior defender with cornerback-level coverage skills. In fact, Smith started his career with the Bucs as a standout nickel cornerback and then was moved to safety 2003.


    Smith, 27, provides a defense with tremendous flexibility because of his hybrid skills and his ability to move out into the slot and cover wide receivers.


    As arguably the Saints' most notable veteran addition in 2005, Smith signed a five-year, $15 million contract as an unrestricted free agent, and the deal included a $3.5 million signing bonus. The four years that were remaining on his New Orleans contract were for base salaries of $1.2 million (for 2006), $1.6 million (2007), $2.5 million (2008) and $3.5 million (2009). Given the palatable level of those salaries for the next two seasons, it is surprising that no team stepped up and traded for him.


    In his only season with the Saints, Smith appeared in 15 games, all starts, and registered 86 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, seven passes defensed and two forced fumbles.


    It has been rumored that Smith might have experienced some personality conflicts with some members of the New Orleans management team. It is also possible that with a new head coach (Sean Payton) and new defensive coordinator (Gary Gibbs), he simply did not fit into the Saints' plans any longer.


    New Orleans has dramatically reshapes its safety corps in the last 14 months. The Saints used second-round picks on Josh Bullocks in 2005 and on Roman Harper in 2006. A player the coaches regard very highly, Bullocks started 13 games as a rookie last year. New Orleans also signed veteran Omar Stoutmire as a free agent in the offseason and acquired former second-rounder Bryan Scott in a trade with Atlanta.


    For his career, Smith has appeared in 78 games and started 49 of them. He has 306 tackles, one sack, 14 interceptions, 45 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and two recoveries. In Tampa Bay's victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, Smith returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
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    AJ, please, please, please try to get this guy! Can you imagine hime much better we'd be with McCree and Smith as our safeties?
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    I think a lot of people are rah rah about this guy because what he did in the super bowl against the Raiders. If he's that hot why are the Saints so eager to get rid of him? :icon_huh:
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    they're not getting rid of him, they couldn't sign him.
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    I want him at FS and Mcree at SS
    That would make an amazing duo
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    They signed him to a 5 year deal last year. They got rid of him.
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    Sign this dude.

    Make it happen A.J.
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    Welp, so sayeth the prophet.
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    He was under contract so I'm not sure what you mean...was he trying to restructure his contract and threatening to hold-out?

    p.s. I want this guy reallllllllllllllllllly bad, I don't care if he has a bad attitude or anything...we need a FS bad and he's the man so go get him!!! I'm all for getting good character guys but this is our biggest weakness IMO and we need to fill it ASAP!!! Sorry Jue and Co. but you guys are weaaaaaaaak!
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    He doesn't have bad character; its more or less that a brand new administration has come in so thye want to replace alot of their old players with new ones. Theyhave an impressive 2nd year player in Josh BUllocks and drafted Roman Harper in the 2nd this past year. Outside of hte big names (horn, McAllister, Stallworth, Smith, Grant and McKenzie) they wanted a whole sale change of the team with the new coach
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    Good to hear!

    It just makes no sense to me that they wouldn't trade him for like a 5th round pick or something over nothing...very strange...that's what made me think he probably had character issues.

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