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Patriots Sign Defensive End Will Smith

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The Patriots have announced they have signed veteran defensive end Will Smith.

The signing was first reported by ESPN.

The 33-year-old Smith has spent his first nine seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, recording 67.5 sacks in 139 career games. He had a career-high 13 sacks in 2009. Smith missed the entire 2013 season with a knee injury suffered in preseason.

According to the Globe's Ben Volin, Smith's signing could free up the Patriots to pick a defensive tackle early in the draft now that the pass-rushing Smith is in the fold.

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