By Kevin K
Last night the Eagles announced the signing of former Giants All-Pro receiver Steve Smith to a 1-year deal worth $2 million guaranteed. Smith brings about another weapon for the Eagles offense (and is even more of a reason why I believe Andy Reid should be on the clock).
According to Les Bowen of Philly.com, "The Eagles examined Smith's knee and came away thinking he might be ready fairly early in the season, a source close to the situation said; the source said the Eagles hope Smith will not have to open the season on the physically unable to perform list, which would sideline him at least 6 weeks.
'The Eagles have been involved pretty diligently for weeks now, talking to my agent [Ben Dogra],' said Smith, who went to the Pro Bowl following the 2009 season after grabbing a Giants-record 107 passes for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns. He mostly worked the slot, and his 38 third-down catches that year led the NFL.'We were just waiting, waiting to see what's going to happen with the Giants. I don't know what happened there. I'm just fortunate that Philadelphia, such a great team, wanted me.'"
There are many people who believe that this signing is because we do not know the health of WR Jeremy Maclin (who left the team today to receive more tests of his illness in St. Louis). An Eagles spokesman said that was not true last night.
"Like I've said many times before, Howie Roseman and I are always keeping our eyes open for good football players and players that we think can help our football team win," Reid said in a statement. "And Steve Smith certainly fits that category. He's a Pro Bowl-quality receiver that we will work into our offense as soon as he is ready to go. We feel very good about our current group of receivers, and Steve adds another dimension to that position. He's played very well against us in the past few years and we're happy to have him on board."
All quotes courtesy of Les Bowen of Philly.com