The New Orleans released veteran tight end Alex Smith on Sunday, trimming the number of tight ends on their current roster to four.

The 33-year old Smith signed with the Saints only nine days ago, after rookie tight end Jack Tabb was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Smith played his college football at Stanford, before being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third-round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Smith played four seasons with the Buccaneers, before playing one with the Philadelphia Eagles, three with the Cleveland Browns, and two with the Cincinnati Bengals, with whom he played the last two years.

In 10 NFL seasons, Smith has caught 163 passes for 1,473 yards and 13 touchdowns.

With the release of Smith, the Saints have tight ends Ben Watson, Josh Hill, Orson Charles and Kevin Brock remaining on the roster.

Also on Sunday, the Saints waived long-snapper Chris Highland.