The New Orleans Saints have released offensive tackle Jason Smith, coach Sean Payton said Wednesday.
Smith came to New Orleans after spending 2012 with the New York Jets as a backup lineman and blocking tight end. He mostly worked with the third-team offense at training camp in New Orleans, quickly falling behind left tackles Charles Brown and Terron Armstead on the depth chart.
Smith got 25 snaps on offense against the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 9 but was in for only two against the Oakland Raiders on Friday.
Smith was drafted second overall from Baylor in 2009 by the St. Louis Rams, and he played three seasons for them before being traded to the Jets. He missed several games in St. Louis with concussions and a knee injury.
Smith’s departure leaves 80 players on the Saints’ active roster. That includes outside linebacker Victor Butler, who is on the physically unable to perform list with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Wide receiver Joe Morgan, who tore a meniscus and partially tore an ACL at the Black and Gold scrimmage on Aug. 3, remains on the active roster.
The Saints have until Aug. 27 to reduce their roster to 75 players.
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