Four years ago, the New England Patriots found success with a veteran pass rusher cast aside by his former team when they signed Andre Carter.
They're now hoping lightning will strike twice.
Free-agent defensive end Will Smith is visiting the Patriots on Tuesday, reports ESPN's John Clayton.
Like Carter, Smith was miscast as a 3-4 outside linebacker when the Saints brought in Rob Ryan to run the defense. Unlike Carter, Smith never had a chance to play the new position.
The one-time Pro Bowl selection missed the entire 2013 season after tearing his ACL in late August.
Turning 33 this summer, Smith might not have much left in the tank. He's surpassed 7.0 sacks only once since the 2006 season.
If he lands in New England, it's unlikely that he will not be guaranteed a roster spot.