Posted April 11, 2013 on AP on Fox
New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis says the Saints and free agent offensive tackle Jason Smith have agreed to a one-year contract. Smith, whose acquisition was announced by the Saints on Thursday, has spent four seasons in the NFL, playing in 45 games with 26 starts at both left and right tackle. The 6-foot-5, 308-pound lineman was the second overall pick out of Baylor in the 2009 draft by the St. Louis Rams and spent last season with the New York Jets. During his stint in St. Louis, running back Steven Jackson had three 1,000-yard rushing seasons and quarterback Sam Bradford passed for 3,512 yards as a rookie. In New York, Smith served at times as a tackle-eligible tight end, a position New Orleans' offense also uses routinely.

Saints Sign OT Jason Smith

The New Orleans Saints announced on Thursday that they’ve reached an agreement with former Rams OT Jason Smith. Smith receives a one-year deal from the Saints after being released by the Jets earlier in the offseason. He’s a former No. 2 overall pick back in 2009, but has only managed to start 26 games during his NFL career. Smith has been given bust label after falling well...

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Saints Nation: Saints Sign T Jason Smith

I didn't expect to see Jason Smith, of all people, walking through the Saints' doors but this is a very intriguing development. Smith is 26 and was drafted as the 2nd overall pick - yes you read that correctly - just 4 years ago. He spent three concussion filled seasons with the Rams and was largely a bust before playing for the Jets last year and never really panning out...

Saints sign OT Jason Smith

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints have signed free agent offensive tackle Jason Smith. #Saints announce one-year deal with Tackle Jason Smith. — Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) April 11, 2013 Smith was drafted high in the first round by the Rams a few years ago and has been a bust.  He was traded to the Jets last season and played sparely.  ...

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