Eagles Sign Former Giants WR Steve Smith
By Patrick Wall
In yet another cap-friendly, team-oriented move, the Philadelphia Eagles have signed former Giants WR Steve Smith to a one-year deal. This signing gives the Eagles six new Pro Bowl players since the beginning of the offseason.
Commonly known as one of the best slot receivers in the game–a title that may go to his new teammate, WR Jason Avant–Smith’s best year came in 2009 when he caught 107 passes for 1220 yards and seven touchdowns.
At 5’11 and 195 lbs, Smith’s build is nearly identical to Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin, who has yet to practice during training camp due to an undisclosed illness. However, Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid has said he expects Maclin to start the season. Smith’s return to the field, however, is a little more cloudly.
Smith likely came cheap due to an ACL injury suffered last season against the Vikings. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Smith was in for “kind of a long haul” recovering from his injury. Still, it was widely expected that Smith would return to New York.
While Coughlin thought Smith would be out for a good portion of the season, the wide out clearly disagrees. “It could be Week 1, you never know,” Smith told reporters today.
The addition to Smith bolsters an already strong group of wide receivers which include Maclin, Avant, Riley Cooper, DeSean Jackson as well as newcomers like former Raider Johnny Lee Higgins.