Will Smith RUMORS & NEWS

  • In Will Smith's probe, police take DNA sample, bloody shirt from ex-NOPD captain

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Police probing Will Smith's killing have collected a DNA sample from a retired New Orleans Police Department captain who dined with Smith the night the former Saints player was murdered, the ex-cop's attorney said Friday (May 6). Former officer Billy Ceravolo, a friend of the late defensive..." May 08

  • Former NFL Star Will Smith's Widow Racquel Accepts Masters Degree on Late Husband's Behalf

    People Magazine "After a trying month, Racquel Smith, 33, enjoyed a heartwarming moment on Thursday night. In one of her first public appearances since losing her husband, the widow of former NFL star Will Smith, 34 – who was shot and killed in April following a car accident in New Orleans – accepted an MBA..." May 06

  • Retired NOPD captain Ceravolo hires defense attorney for Will Smith case

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Billy Ceravolo, the retired New Orleans police officer who dined with Will Smith on the night the former Saints defensive end was killed, has hired a criminal defense attorney for guidance in the case. Tanya Picou Faia enrolled Friday (April 22) as Ceravolo's defense attorney, court records..." April 22

  • State Police decline attorney's request to investigate Will Smith shooting

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "As New Orleanians and football fans continue to reflect on the slaying of former Saints player Will Smith, the Louisiana State Police said in a statement Saturday afternoon (April 16) there is "no legal basis" for that agency to strip away the New Orleans Police Department's authority over the..." April 17

  • How Will Smith's domestic abuse charge could help alleged killer

    USA Today "A domestic abuse charge in 2011 against Will Smith, the former NFL standout, could bolster the legal argument that Cardell Hayes acted in self defense when he shot and killed Smith Saturday night, said Shenequa Grey, a former Louisiana prosecutor and current law professor at Southern University..." April 17

  • On day Will Smith is remembered, shooter’s lawyer goes on the offensive

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The attorney for Cardell Hayes, the man accused of killing former Saints player Will Smith, has sent a letter to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu accusing the police department of misconduct and asking it be withdrawn from the Smith murder investigation. An NOPD spokesman said the investigation..." April 16

  • Saints players, coaches pay their respects at Will Smith memorial

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Longtime New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans donned a football jersey instead of a black suit for Will Smith's visitation Friday. Evans wore No. 91 as a tribute to his teammate who was shot and killed a week ago in the Lower Garden District. Evans was one of dozens of current and former..." April 16

  • Will Smith's father says he forgives son's killer but won't forget

    ABC 11 "Through tears, Will Smith Sr. talks about when he imagines the reality of the loss of his son will hit him. "It's going to hit me when I'm in that funeral home, my child in a box," Smith said at his Durham home Tuesday afternoon. Smith's son, and namesake is Will Smith Jr., the former NFL..." April 14

  • Tyrann Mathieu- I Know Will Smith Murder Suspect 'Hating Ass Coward'

    TMZ "NFL superstar Tyrann Mathieu says he knows the man suspected of shooting former Saints defensive end Will Smith ... and says the guy has always been a "hating ass coward." Turns out, Mathieu -- aka the Honey Badger -- and the alleged shooter, Cardell Hayes, were both high school football stars..." April 11

  • No info now to say Will Smith, Cardell Hayes knew one another, but probe continues

    The Advocate "NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said at a Sunday afternoon press conference that police had uncovered no information so far that Smith and Hayes knew each other, although detectives were continuing to probe that line of inquiry. And on another question hovering over the shooting, Harrison..." April 11

  • Alleged shooter booked for second-degree murder of Will Smith

    The Advocate "New Orleans police have booked 28-year-old Cardell Hayes with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of former Saints player Will Smith late Saturday. Smith was shot during an argument after a traffic accident in the Lower Garden District about 11:30 p.m. Smith’s wife, Racquel Smith,..." April 10

  • Police say Will Smith’s death appears to be a case of road rage

    NBC News "A former New Orleans Saints defensive end was shot dead and his wife injured in an apparent road-rage incident, officials said early Sunday. A spokesman for the Saints called the death of Will Smith, 34, a "senseless and tragic" loss. New Orleans Police said Smith's vehicle was hit in the..." April 10

  • Former Saint Will Smith killed, wife shot after traffic accident

    ESPN "Former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot to death in New Orleans on Saturday night following a traffic collision, the coroner's office confirmed. Smith, 34, was shot after exchanging words with the driver of a Hummer H2 that rear-ended his Mercedes G63 SUV, causing him to strike another..." April 10

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    Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

    Per @ClaytonESPN, free-agent DE Will Smith, formerly of the Saints, is visiting New England today.

  • Will Smith prefers to return to defensive end

    Pro Football Talk "As former Saints linebacker Will Smith gets a head start on free agency, via the recent release by the team that made him a first-round draft pick a decade ago, he has a preference for his next NFL gig. He would like to move back to the position he played before 2013. “I think I’m at heart a..." February 16

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    Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

    Yes, confirmed Saints have cut Roman Harper. Will Smith surely to be official soon. They'll save over $13 million on the '14 cap combined.

  • Saints DL Will Smith to be released

    CBS Sports "Heading into the 2014 season, the Saints have some major salary cap problems they'll have to attend to before the team begins to play. As of this writing, New Orleans is about $12.7 million over the cap limit, which means the Saints are going to have to start cutting some high-priced talent. As..." February 12

  • Saints part ways with Jabari Greer, Roman Harper, Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma

    NFL.com "New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Wednesday that the club has terminated the contracts of CB Jabari Greer, S Roman Harper and DE/OLB Will Smith and that they will not re-sign ILB Jonathan Vilma. “I would like to thank Jabari, Roman, Will and..." February 12

  • Will Smith, Roman Harper could be dumped very soon by the Saints

    Pro Football Talk "As the Saints try to deal with an aging defense and an untenable cap situation, several players who have been key components of the franchise’s recent success could soon be out the door. Per a league source, linebacker Will Smith and safety Roman Harper could both be cut, as soon as..." February 11

  • Saints place Will Smith, Joe Morgan on injured reserve

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Will Smith's 2013 season is officially over before it even began. The Saints placed the 10-year veteran on injured reserve the team announced Tuesday. Receiver Joe Morgan who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in training camp also was placed on injured..." August 27

  • Saints linebacker Will Smith will miss the 2013 season with knee injury

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have reportedly suffered another major blow to their linebacker corp as veteran Will Smith sustained a season-ending knee injury in the team's preseason win over Houston on Sunday Pro Football Talk reports. It's the fourth significant injury at linebacker for the Saints..." August 26

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    Larry Holder @LarryHolder

    #Saints GM Mickey Loomis said Will Smith will start off OTAs at outside linebacker. Just spoke to him at Saints HOF golf tournament.

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    Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma restructured their contracts to remain with the team, source says.

  • Saints more likely to keep Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma than cut ties

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It's clear to me that the New Orleans Saints would like defensive end Will Smith ($14.5 million salary cap) and linebacker Jonathan Vilma ($8.6 million) back in 2013. Otherwise, one or both would have been cut already. So at this point, I'd be surprised if Vilma and Smith weren't on the team by..." March 12

  • Sean Payton envisions Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma, Roman Harper on 2013 roster

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton said he does envision defensive end Will Smith, linebacker Jonathan Vilma and safety Roman Harper on the Saints roster next year in an interview on WWL-AM on Tuesday night. Payton quickly added a disclaimer, though. "First off, I do envision those guys in a..." March 06

  • Saints will welcome veterans back ... at the right price

    NFL.com "Statistically speaking, the New Orleans Saints had the worst defense in NFL history last season. That reality cost defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo his job, but coach Sean Payton would like to retain some of the noted veterans of that depressing unit. Defensive end Will Smith, linebacker..." March 05

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