That the Saints released offensive tackle Jason Smith is of little surprise.
He had fallen to third team right tackle after starting training camp in a battle for the backup left tackle position.
The move says as much about what New Orleans thinks of Terron Armstead as it does Smith.
Armstead, while he has shown mistakes during the preseason, also has shown bits of athleticism that gives hope of a bright future in the NFL. He appears to be a quick study, one dedicated to bettering his craft as evidenced by often being the last offensive lineman off the practice field.
But for Smith, it’s a sad end to a once promising career. He was taken by St. Louis with the No. 2 overall pick and never came through for the Rams. His move to the New York Jets didn’t change things. And signing with the Saints just delayed the inevitable.
The Saints have two options at tackle right now as Bryce Harris is working as the second team right tackle and third team left. He saw game action with the team during the 2012 season before ending the year with a leg injury.
In other words, Harris’ value to the team is that it could give Armstead more time to figure things out.
Smith just wasn’t the guy.