Utica's own NFL star Will Smith has a new team.

ESPN Boston is reporting that the 32 year old Defensive End has reached a contract agreement with the New England Patriots.

Smith missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in August before being released by his first and only NFL team the New Orleans Saints.

With only two other viable pass rushing defensive ends on the depth chart ,the Patriots are hoping Smith will shore up their pass rush defense.

Smith was due $11.55 million from the Saints in 2014, which is part of the reason the Saints decided to part ways with him. The terms of his contract with the Patriots have not been made public yet.