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Patriots sign ex-Saints defensive end Smith


The New England Patriots on Monday signed free-agent defensive end Will Smith, the longtime New Orleans Saint who they hope will provide a boost to their pass rush.
   Smith, who turns 33 in July, ranks fourth in Saints history with 67.5 career sacks.
   Smith, assuming he returns to health, could help fill that void while also factoring into sub packages, which the Patriots were in 67 percent of the time last year.
   Smith was due $11.55 million in salary and bonuses in 2014, which contributed to the Saints' decision to release him.
   Terms of his deal with the Patriots were not announced.

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