The Eagles have done it again, agreeing to terms with pro-bowl wide receiver Steve Smith. The 26 year old, who signed a one year deal worth $4 million ($2 million guaranteed), has spent his entire career with the Eagles’ division rival New York Giants.
In 2009, Smith had 1,220 yards, 107 catches, and seven touchdown receptions as he was elected to the pro-bowl. Smith had microfracture surgery on his knee after getting hurt in week nine of the 2010 campaign. He missed the rest of the season from there.
Smith may start the year on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, which would mean he couldn’t play until week seven if he were to stay on the list, but can move to the active roster at any time.
Smith had surgery back in December, so it will come down to the wire on whether he can start the season on the active roster.
This signing may be a direct result of Jeremy Maclin’s illness. While the Eagles have said the signing is unrelated to it, the real motive may have been because they feared Maclin can’t play this year. Smith only signed a one year deal, so maybe it is a short term replacement for Maclin.