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Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:31:31 -0700
New Orleans Saints LB Will Smith (knee) will miss the entire 2013 season after suffering a knee injury during the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 25. The specifics of the injury are not known at this point.
Tue, 21 May 2013 09:00:25 -0700
New Orleans Saints LB Will Smith lined up at outside linebacker for the first time as the team transitions to a 3-4 defense during OTAs Monday, May 20. "That's where we'll start him," head coach Sean Payton said, noting that outside linebackers often play pass-rushing roles in a 3-4 scheme. "We can play him right and left, but I think initially that right outside position would be very similar to what he's played for us in the past." LB Jonathan Vilma is expected to be one of the two inside linebackers in their new defense.
Mon, 20 May 2013 06:50:29 -0700
The New Orleans Saints will line up DE Will Smith at outside linebacker in OTAs.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 06:56:38 -0700
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma took significant pay cuts in order to remain with the team. Smith's $1 million roster bonus and $150,000 workout bonus for 2013 remain, but his salary has been reduced to $3 million, a $6 million pay cut that lowers his cap number to $8.502 million for the upcoming season. Vilma, meanwhile, was scheduled to earn a $1.1 million roster bonus, along with a $100,000 workout bonus and $4.8 million salary for a 2013 cap number of $8.6325 million. Under the renegotiation, Vilma's roster bonus was erased and his base salary was reduced to $1 million. The team doubled his workout bonus to $200,000, all of which results in Vilma having a 2013 cap number of $3.8325 million, a reduction of $4.8 million for the upcoming season.
Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:51:52 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said he envisions DE Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma and SS Roman Harper being on the team next season but understands roster moves could be made during the offseason. "First off, I do envision those guys in a Saints uniform, and yet I'm also realistic and understand that every year since the beginning of free agency the percentage of players on your roster that turns over is different than it used to be," Payton said.
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:33:46 -0800
The New Orleans Saints have offered DE Will Smith a reduced contract, which would allow him to stay with the team. The two sides are discussing the possibility of the new deal.
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:04:47 -0800
The New Orleans Saints have asked DE Will Smith to take a big reduction in salary for 2013 season.
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 05:57:42 -0800
The New Orleans Saints will ask LB Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith to restructure their contracts.
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 05:41:13 -0800
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith may have to restructure his contract to stay with the team in 2013. He's set to make $9 million with a $1 million roster bonus.
Sun, 03 Feb 2013 17:06:29 -0800
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith said he expects to be with the team next season and believes he will be able to fit in the 3-4 defensive alignment. "Yeah, like I've said before part of the defensive scheme we had before was some sort of 3-4 anyway, that's what we've been doing," Smith said. "In my mind it's nothing I'm not used to so I'm not worried about it."
Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:05:27 -0800
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma may not fit the 3-4 defensive alignment the team is switching to next season.
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 19:41:22 -0800
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma might be salary cap casualties in the offseason. They are the most likely veterans to be released unless the former Pro Bowlers agree to substantial pay cuts.
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:51:53 -0800
The New Orleans Saints could consider releasing DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma this offseason in order to gain some salary cap space.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 20:03:29 -0800
The hearing for suspended players in the bounty scandal with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will be November 20. New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilman, Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita and free-agent DE Anthony Hargrove (Packers) will learn their fates then.
Sat, 27 Oct 2012 10:53:09 -0700
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has postponed the appeals hearings for New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma, Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita and free-agent DE Anthony Hargrove (Packers). The hearings were scheduled to occur Tuesday, Oct. 30, with Tagliabue in charge of the hearings but no reason was given for the postponement.
Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:03:34 -0700
New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith can play in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos before their appeals are heard Oct. 30.
Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:14:52 -0700
New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma, Saints DE Will Smith, Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita and free-agent DE Anthony Hargrove appealed the NFL's ruling in the latest twist to the bounty scandal. All four players have appealed asking that commissioner Roger Goodell remove himself from the case because he can't be impartial. All four players are now eligible to play or at least get paid until the NFL rules on their latest appeals.
Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:54:54 -0700
The NFL re-issued the suspensions to players involved in the bounty scandal, and it has changed from the original ruling. New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma will be suspended for a full season but will still get game checks from his time on the physically unable to perform list; Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita had his suspension reduced from three games to one; New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith will still be suspended three games and free-agent DE Anthony Hargrove had his suspension reduced from eight games to seven. All players will have the opportunity to appeal the suspensions.
Sat, 08 Sep 2012 05:11:04 -0700
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith has been led to believe that he will play in the team's Week 1 game, according to a source close to the player.
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 13:43:25 -0700
Updating a previous report, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to make a new ruling in the bounty case involving New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma, Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita and free-agent DT Anthony Hargrove (Packers) in the next few weeks. The four players will be eligible to play Week 1 since the ruling will not come this weekend.
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 12:50:48 -0700
A three-member appeals panel have ruled that the suspensions to New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith, Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita and free-agent DE Anthony Hargrove (Packers) should be overturned. The four could still face discipline if there is evidence of intent to injure bounties in the case.
Fantasy Tip: This is a surprising development, although it's obviously not over yet. Playmakers Vilma and Smith could prove to be worth IDP roster spots, at least in deep leagues. Vilma would likely begin the season on the PUP list, however; the health of his surgically repaired left knee is in doubt. This would mostly be a positive for the Saints' team defense in non-IDP formats: The reinstatement of some important pieces, assuming that they're in shape, would be beneficial. If the league provides its evidence and still suspends the players, perhaps their suspensions will be for fewer games this time.
Tue, 04 Sep 2012 21:13:38 -0700
The NFLPA filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans Tuesday, Sept. 4, seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the alleged bounty scandal suspension for New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith and others involved.
Thu, 05 Jul 2012 07:24:07 -0700
The NFL Players Association has filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of New Orleans Saints DL Will Smith, Green Bay Packers DL Anthony Hargrove and Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita, three players suspended in connection with the league's "bounty" scandal investigation. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in New Orleans Thursday, July 5, and asks a judge to set aside earlier arbitration rulings and order a new arbitrator to preside over the matter.
Tue, 03 Jul 2012 14:32:18 -0700
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints DL Will Smith plans to file a temporary restraining order to try to stop his four-game suspension in federal court.
Tue, 03 Jul 2012 14:24:39 -0700
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the suspension of LB Jonathan Vilma without pay for the entire 2012 season due to his part in the bounty scandal. In addition, Saints DL Will Smith will serve his four-game suspension.
Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:28:51 -0700
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the discipline imposed on Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita, Green Bay Packers DL Anthony Hargrove and New Orleans Saints DL Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma for their role in the Saints bounty scandal.
Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:43:20 -0700
Updating an ongoing story, Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita, Green Bay Packers DL Anthony Hargrove and New Orleans Saints DL Will Smith plan to return for the afternoon appeal session, according to an NFL Players Association source, after commissioner Roger Goodell asked to adjourn the meeting Monday, June 18, and reconvene later in the day. Saints LB Jonathan Vilma, currently suspended for the entire 2012 season, does not plan to return.
Mon, 18 Jun 2012 08:38:42 -0700
Updating an ongoing story, all four suspended New Orleans Saints players and their attorneys left an appeal before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Monday, June 18, roughly an hour after their hearings began. Peter Ginsberg, the lawyer for suspended LB Jonathan Vilma, said after a few opening remarks and challenges, Goodell asked to adjourn the meeting and reconvene later. Vilma does not plan to return. Other suspended players who were in attendance for the appeal - Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita, Green Bay Packers DL Anthony Hargrove and Saints DL Will Smith - could return; however, that is unknown at this point.
Wed, 06 Jun 2012 22:50:18 -0700
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear the appeals of the four players suspended in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" scandal June 18, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Saints LB Jonathan Vilma, suspended for one year, has also sued the commissioner for defamation. DL Will Smith was suspended four games, former Saints LB Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, was suspended three games. Former Saints DL Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, received an eight-game ban.
Mon, 04 Jun 2012 10:25:08 -0700
Arbitrator Stephen Burbank has ruled that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to suspend New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith and Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita for their involvement in the Saints' bounty program. Burbank said he would like to receive more information about Green Bay Packers DE Anthony Hargrove's participation in the program and retained temporary jurisdiction on his role. The NFL Players Association said it will appeal Burbank's decision.
Wed, 09 May 2012 06:09:23 -0700
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said that he feels badly for the New Orleans Saints players who were suspended as a result of the league's investigation into bounties; however, he doesn't think the league could sit by and do nothing when it learned of the Saints' bounty program. "I've known Jonathan Vilma for a very long time, and Will Smith actually hosted me on my visit to Ohio State in college," Fitzgerald said. "So I've known these guys for a really long time and they're not bad men by any stretch of the imagination. I feel bad that they're losing game checks and losing the opportunity to make a living. But I think Roger Goodell, our commissioner, had to do something to let everybody know that this is not going to be tolerated, and moving forward this is not something that's going to be acceptable."
Mon, 07 May 2012 09:29:25 -0700
Updating an ongoing story, Green Bay Packers DL Anthony Hargrove, New Orleans Saints DL Will Smith and Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita have also appealed their suspensions for their roles in the Saints' bounty scandal, according to league spokesman Greg Aiello.
Thu, 03 May 2012 07:24:58 -0700
Trading for New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora may be one way for the New Orleans Saints to solve their problems at defensive end, especially with DE Will Smith set to serve a four-game suspension.
Wed, 02 May 2012 10:23:36 -0700
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith will be able to participate in offseason workouts, training camp and preseason games before his four-game suspension begins.
Wed, 02 May 2012 09:25:18 -0700
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma, Green Bay Packers DE Anthony Hargrove and Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita will appeal the suspensions they received for their participation in the Saints' bounty program.
Wed, 02 May 2012 09:02:47 -0700
The NFL suspended four players for their roles in the New Orleans Saints' bounty system, including LB Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season. In addition to Vilma, DE Will Smith was suspended four games, Green Bay Packers DT Anthony Hargrove was suspended eight games and Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita three games.
Thu, 01 Mar 2012 10:11:33 -0800
Updating a previous report, the New Orleans Saints will restructure DE Will Smith's contract this offseason which is expected to save the team at least $4 million in salary cap space. Smith was scheduled to make $7 million in base salary next season as well as a $1.15 million in bonuses but most of his base salary will now be a signing bonus.
Thu, 01 Mar 2012 07:25:54 -0800
The New Orleans Saints are working on a restructured deal with DL Will Smith in order to save $5 million or $6 million off the salary cap. The deal could be done Thursday, March 1. The deal would involve no new money, just guaranteed salary.
Mon, 06 Feb 2012 12:19:08 -0800
The New Orleans Saints may approach DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma about the possibility of restructuring their contracts this offseason. Both could candidates to be released if they do not restructure their contracts.
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 09:04:07 -0700
The New Orleans Saints have reinstated DE Will Smith to their active roster after he served his two-game suspension. In a corresponding move, the team waived RB Joique Bell.
Mon, 19 Sep 2011 07:49:07 -0700
New Orleans Saints DL Will Smith returned to the team Monday, Sept. 19, following a two-game suspension.
Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:22:55 -0700
The NFL has suspended New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith for two games without pay and fined an additional two game checks for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 19:10:33 -0700
New Orleans Saints DL Will Smith (personal) was back at practice Wednesday, Aug. 31, after missing the session Tuesday, Aug. 30, due to personal reasons.
Wed, 03 Aug 2011 00:20:13 -0700
The New Orleans Saints believe DE Will Smith will have to serve a four-game suspension at the beginning of the season stemming from a 2008 test that caught several players using a banned diuretic.
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 22:34:00 -0700
The New Orleans Saints may look to address the defensive end position during the NFL Draft, reports Sheldon Mickles, of The Advocate. The team had 33 sacks last year, with just 10 percent of those coming from the defensive end position. DE Will Smith is the team's best pass rusher, so they may look for a young player who can apply pressure opposite Smith.
Tue, 30 Nov 2010 18:08:35 -0800
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith released a statement Tuesday, Nov. 30, regarding his arrest over the weekend in Lafayette, La., according to Jeff Duncan, of The Times-Picayune. "During the past weekend, my wife Racquel and I were visiting her family in Lafayette, Louisiana for the holiday weekend. Early Saturday morning, an unfortunate misunderstanding led to my arrest," Smith stated. "My wife was not injured as reported and this was not a domestic issue. I am confident the legal process will bear this out."
Fri, 29 Oct 2010 14:39:52 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Julius Jones (shoulder), OG Jahri Evans (ankle), OT Zach Strief (knee), DE Will Smith (groin), LB Anthony Waters (hamstring), CB Leigh Torrence (shoulder) and FS Darren Sharper (knee) participated in practice Friday, Oct. 29. They are listed as probable for Week 8 and will be able to play.
Fri, 22 Oct 2010 13:40:13 -0700
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith (groin), CB Patrick Robinson (knee) and FS Roman Harper (hamstring) were limited during practice Friday, Oct. 22. All three are listed as probable for Week 7 and are expected to play.
Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:40:50 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Julius Jones (shoulder), DE Will Smith (groin), CB Patrick Robinson (knee) and FS Roman Harper (hamstring) were limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 21, according to Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:16:51 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Julius Jones (shoulder), OG Jahri Evans (hamstring), DE Will Smith (groin) and FS Roman Harper (hamstring) were limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 20, reports The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Jeff Duncan.