Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn (15) throws a pass as New Orleans Saints linebacker Will Smith (91) pressures during the first quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
#2 – Will Smith
2014 Salary Cap Figure: $13,902,451
2014 Base Salary: $10,400,000
Dead Money: $2,352,451
Potential Cap Savings: $11,550,000
Contracted Through: 2014
Will Smith is the longest tenured Saint on the roster, being on the team since 2004. It’s arguably the best decision Jim Haslett made during his reign as Coach. Smith dropped a lot of weight in preparation for Rob Ryan’s new 3-4 scheme, but would never see the field, tearing his ACL in a preseason game against the Texans.
2014 Outlook: Although Smith has stated he would love to return to the Saints next season, the reality is that he carries a giant cap number. If the team wishes to tag Jimmy Graham, re-sign some free agents, or even just get under the cap, Smith is going to be the easiest decision to make. He’ll turn 33 in July, and the Saints have much better options at outside linebacker at this point.
Final Decision: Release