Smith could get big payday from Saints

From a possible new deal for Saints DE Will Smith to who the next Bears defender to get an extension could be, Len Pasquarelli covers it all in his Tip Sheet notes.

Originally Published: June 29, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli |
They already rank among the NFL's best young defensive end tandems. Sometime this summer, if things proceed smoothly, the New Orleans duo of Charles Grant and Will Smith might rate among the richest end couplings in the league as well.

Although the negotiations are only in the nascent stages, has confirmed that Saints officials have approached Smith -- the team's first-round pick in the 2004 draft and a player who is quickly emerging as one of the NFL's top two-way perimeter defenders -- about a new long-term contract extension.