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First-rounder was 18th overall pick

Updated: July 31, 2004, 8:48 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The New Orleans Saints on Saturday reached a contract agreement with their first-round draft choice, Ohio State defensive end Will Smith.

The contract is for six years but can be voided to five years if Smith reaches predetermined levels of playing time. The maximum value of the deal is about $12 million, and guaranteed bonuses total roughly $6.2 million.

Despite already having one of the NFL's deepest defensive lines and little glaring need for an end, the Saints chose Smith because ...

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