Dallas Cowboys: 5 Best Pass Rushers Left in Free Agency

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August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (91) against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Will Smith DE  6’3”  282 lb  (age 32)

Will Smith entered the NFL in 2004 as a first-round selection of the New Orleans Saints. The former Ohio State pass-rusher was the first defensive end off the board.

Over his 13-year career, Smith has totaled 67.5 sacks while amassing 457 total tackles. Apparently, his combination of age and expected salary in 2014 made him expendable with the Saints.

Granted, Smith’s age and salary requirements don’t exactly make him a great fit in Dallas. His physical skills, however, are somewhat attractive. Smith has plenty of experience playing in the 4-3 scheme and his size would make him a nice part of a defensive end rotation. He would be especially effective at stopping the run, also an area where the Cowboys could improve a lot.

Smith would cost some money and his ability to both rush the passer and stop the run would be possible attractions for the Cowboys. Since the Cowboys don’t look to have anybody on the roster that can push 15 sacks individually this coming season, the pass rush will have to come in waves. If the price was right, Smith could be serviceable for a season or two.

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