Former New Orleans Saints star WIll Smith says he is "sad" to have been cut from the team - and also expressed his disappointment at seeing fellow veterans Jabari Greer, Roman Harper and Jonathan Vilma let go.

The Saints have embarked on a huge cost-cutting exercise in order to slash their wage bill and get back under their salary cap.

The 2009 Superbowl winners are believed to have been around $13 million over their cap and have a raft of big-money contracts to negotiate this year, including star tight end Jimmy Graham.

That means the Saints have been forced to let a host of veteran players, who contributed hugely towards their success four years ago, on big contracts leave.

Smith, coming off the back of a serious ACL injury, says he will miss playing alongside his former Saints team-mates.

"It didn't make it emotional. It just made it a little sad knowing that all of us weren't going to be returning," he said.

"Usually it's like one or two guys, but it was all four of us that were part of the Super Bowl-winning team. It was sad to see Jonathan moving on, Roman moving on, Jabari moving on.

"Me knowing that I possibly won't play with them ever again, I had a good time playing with those guys. They were great teammates."

The 32-year-old is now on the look-out for a new team and says he fully over his injury and raring to go.

Smith also adds that he feels comfortable operating as a outside linebacker or in a 4-3 defense.

"At heart, I'm a 4-3 defensive end," he continued. "That's something I would like to play. But if I got to a team that requires me to play outside linebacker, I'm cool with that, too."

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