Will Smith, 31, is declining. He is set to cost the team nearly $10.2 against the salary cap and that number will go up the next three years. The Saints could redo his contract, spreading the money in any number of ways. Cutting him doesn’t make much sense because there only a few marque defensive ends on the free agent market. The Saints could make a run at the Cardinals’ Calais Campbell or the Colts’ Robert Mathis for defensive end help. Smith probably will be back with a restructured contract.
One by one, he then proceeded to reject all of the reasons that we heard from everyone except, well, Steve Spagnuolo. That Andy Reid might be a lame-duck coach heading into next season. That he didn’t want to work with Juan Castillo. That he didn’t want to work with Jim Washburn. That he liked Drew Brees over Michael Vick. That he preferred the Saints’ defensive personnel over the Eagles’ defensive personnel. That he thought the Saints had a better chance to win a Super Bowl than the Eagles.
In my third off-season blog on “Fixing the Falcons,” I referenced their 17 impending unrestricted free agents and suggested that the top priority should be re-signing cornerback Brent Grimes. I had defensive end John Abraham slotted fourth, behind Grimes, linebacker Curtis Lofton and center Todd McClure.
The bottom line is this: The last time the Falcons won a playoff game, I was the head coach, Mora told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week. Kids remember that game, the 47-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams (in the 2004 divisional playoffs). A lot of kids around Atlanta, the state of Georgia and the Southeast follow the Falcons. They know that was the last time that the Falcons have won a playoff game.
Randy Moss has announced that he is planning a comeback according to Pro Football Talk. “I just wanna go to a team and play some football,” Moss said on a Ustream.tv. Moss, a four-time All-Pro, said he left the game because of family issues but said he has gotten the all-clear to comeback.