Patriots Rookie TE Lee Smith's Contract Rejected

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July 29, 2011 at 08:57am ET

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TE Lee Smith
An interesting note that went unmentioned yesterday.

According to Aaron Wilson of, apparently after submitting his contract for approval to the league, the NFL reportedly disapproved Patriots rookie TE Lee Smith's contract.

The rookie's deal, reportedly worth $2.29 million, seems to have had language that needed to be "tweaked" in order to get it approved. No word as to what the issue was, but it makes you wonder what was in it that caused them to reject it.

From all indications it's just a blip on the radar, and it's not expected to be a problem in keeping the rookie out of Marshall off the field.

The 6-foot-6, 269-pound Smith appeared in 48 games with Marshall, including 24 starts. Last season he finished as a 2010 All-Conference USA second team selection with career totals of 75 receptions for 791 yards and three touchdowns.