ESPN, citing a league source, said former Saints defensive end and linebacker Will Smith has agreed to terms on a deal with the New England Patriots.

Smith, who was a long-tenured member of the Saints, missed last season with an injury. He had 67.5 career sacks for the team, and in its Super Bowl run of 2009, Smith recorded a career-high 13 sacks.

Seeking a youth movement and with Smith due a high contract figure, the team parted ways with him in the offseason.

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