Steve Smith, the former New York Giant receiver, is now a Philadelphia Eagle.
The Eagles have confirmed that they have signed Smith to a one year deal. The deal is believed to be worth $4 million, with 2 of it guaranteed.
On his conference call Wednesday night, Smith said that if everything goes well, he’d love to make this more then a one year gig.
Smith had been in talks to return to the Giants as recent as yesterday, but it appears he has decided to join their rival instead.
Smith played in 9 games in 2010, finishing the season with 529 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was the first season Smith missed a game, as he played in all 16 games the two previous years. Smith’s best year was in 2009, when he finished with 107 receptions for over 1200 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Smith missed the last 7 games of last season when he suffered a season ending knee injury against the Minnesota Vikings. Smith underwent micro fracture knee surgery. It is unknown what condition he is in, but some believe he could miss as much as the first 6 games of the season.
If healthy, Smith would immediately become the 4th wide receiver on this team. Smith is one of the best in the league at working the inside of the field. He would give Vick a great option across the middle when the blitz is coming.
Here is what Andy Reid had to say about the signing in a statement.
“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,” said head coach Andy Reid. “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.”
One question this has to raise is the status of Jeremy Maclin. Maclin’s health is still unknown. The team says he is still undergoing tests, which means that more then likely he is not suffering from mono. The Eagles would not sign Smith if he would not be ready to go until the 7th week of the season.
However, when the team signed Nnamdi Asomugha, everyone expected Asante Samuel to be shown the door.
More then likely, this is just another move by the Eagles that fits the rest of their offseason moves- adding good players when they get the chance.