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Steve Smith signs 1-year deal with Eagles

Posted on: August 10, 2011 7:10 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 7:59 pm
SmithPosted by Josh Katzowitz

All along, WR Steve Smith wanted to land a new contract with the Giants. He said so in July 2010 when, after catching a franchise-record 107 passes, he said he should be given a raise on his $550,000 salary. He thought so last March, claiming that the Giants had told him they’d take care of him.

Evidently, the Giants had a different idea about Smith’s value. And probably when he'd be healthy again.

And so, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane was the first to report that the Eagles surprisingly have signed Smith to a one-year deal, giving the so-called Dream Team yet another talented piece. The Newark Star Ledger's Mike Garafolo reports that the contract is a one-year, $4 million deal (with $2 million guaranteed).

On his Facebook page, Smith wrote that Philadelphia showed him plenty of love (the bold below is mine):

"I will always cherish my time in NY and the super bowl victory.. This was obviously not an easy decision for me or something i ever expected but unfortunately the business aspect proved that the eagles wanted me to be part of their organization MUCH more than the Giants did.. A special thanks to my WR buddies, coach Gilbride, all of u amazing fans on here, and the entire giants organization for drafting me.. Time for a new beginning..."

He also told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that he thought he was "close" to returning to action.

Steve Smith's Eagles signing
The problem with Smith throughout his four-year career is that he’s been injury prone, particularly last season when he played only nine games after suffering a pectoral injury and then a knee injury that required the dreaded microfracture surgery.

The Giants were cautious to re-sign Smith because of that knee injury and the surgery and because Smith won't be available to start the season on the field.

Instead, Smith will get a chance to revitalize his career with Philadelphia, which has been having holdout issues with DeSean Jackson and illness issues with Jeremy Maclin (though McLane's source said the move had nothing to do with Maclin's health).

Said coach Andy Reid in a statement released by the team: "He's a Pro Bowl quality receiver that we will work into our offense as soon as he is ready to go."

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Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:18 am

Steve Smith signs 1-year deal with Eagles

Enough already with the "Dream Team" comments. Nobody in Philly, outside of Babin and Young, are embracing that what so ever. As mentioned by the many here in Philly, this a 53 man -TEAM game.  We know all too well about high paid, over hyped teams like the recent Cowboys. Yes, everyone in Philly is excited that the Eagles grew a set and decided to finally spend some money, but lets be honest, they always were agressive when they wanted someone, and there were alot of quality players on the market from the lockout. So kudos to management, has brought a ton of excitement, just would like to drop the whole dream team thing. Just like when the Phils re-acquired Lee and hyped up the pitching the staff in March, they haven't PROVED anything yet. A lot of things happen in an NFL season, but yes, they have re-stocked an already talented team and should be one of the elite teams. But nothing is given, its earned. The Eagles didn't just sign big names and throw around money, they acquired very knowledgeable blue chip players, who will fit in well and help push this team over the top. None the less, this is only August and there will be some growing pains with all the new talent, lets just leave it at the Eagles have positioned themselves to be a legit contender if all goes well, we  haven't won a damn thing yet tho. Take your dream team and paper championship and shove it.. Go Birds

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:08 am

Steve Smith signs 1-year deal with Eagles

i don't like this. it can only mean something is seriously wrong with maclin.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:51 pm

Steve Smith signs 1-year deal with Eagles

As the saying goes, "it ain't trickin' if you got it". Signing Smith was a great move, a move that has nothing to do with Desean's contract situation. The cap room was there and it's not going to effect Desean's payday. He brings depth and insurance. Maclin is sick and Desean is the size of my 7 year old. He's a possession receiver that fits what the Eagles like to do and compliments the big play guys. The cap room was there. Put him on the shelf til the midway point, give him a half of season to get back in the groove, and enter the Playoffs with a bloody LETHAL WR corps. 

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:40 pm

Steve Smith signs 1-year deal with Eagles

Obama must have a new job as the eagles GM. jeez 4 million. i would be pissed if the giants gave him 2 million for a season he will miss quite a few games. It doesnt make sense being a one year deal when he may only play 5 games. can the eagles really be that dumb to pay 4 mil for info on the giants offense lol man they really are desperate to win something

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:36 pm

Steve Smith signs 1-year deal with Eagles

Cpt-ATL, that wasn't logical at all, sorry. Please go read the Peter King article about the Eagles cap, you don't have it figured out like you think you do. Here's the link:


dex.html#ixzz1URIsERv4. You argument is that x number of players take up the majority of the cap, as with the Heat. Ok, even if that were the case, the other "bodies" are not guys like Mario Chalmers, Joel Anthony, Juwaun Howard, Eddie House, etc. Nor did the Eagles basically forfeit the 2012 Draft. "Bodies", to the Eagles, are Ronnie Brown, Steve Smith, Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin, Ryan Harris, DRC, Vince Young, etc. -- all of which, with maybe the exception of Young, could and would start on 75% of the teams in the NFL. Philly not only added solid starters to fill holes, but added quality depth AND DID NOT LOSE A THING -- they improved a team that was already very good in the 1st place. How it's being spun into a bad thing is comical. 


Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:35 pm

Steve Smith signs 1-year deal with Eagles

Someone needs to tell the Giants that the lockout ENDED. 

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:22 pm

Steve Smith signs 1-year deal with Eagles

Read the sentence carefully.  The article quotes him from July 2010 after catching 107 passes in 2009.

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:17 pm

Steve Smith signs 1-year deal with Eagles

The said it yourself. " the Heat thought 3 players and 9 bodies could win them a Championship -- in Miami's case, it was addition by subtraction". I never said the Eagles were over the CAP or being unfair at all. Just in my Opinion, 9 players recieveing 53% of the payroll and the other 44 "BODIES" the other 47% does not seem the way to unify 53 men. So there is your logical arguement!!

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:08 pm

Steve Smith signs 1-year deal with Eagles

HAHAHAHA....... 107 catches? Really? Steve Smith had 48.  3rd best on his team. 107 would have been 3rd best in the NFL. With Maclin mysteriously injured, Jacksons feelings hurt, and Smith PUP, Vick will be running for his life. His top reciever might be McCoy!! you guys do have a VERY good TE.  Think his name is Celek?? Regardless, he is the goods as a blocking and receiving TE. 

Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:06 pm

Steve Smith signs 1-year deal with Eagles

I think Desean Jackson is going to be pissed. He probably isnt playing this year. Philly aint going nowhere....too much BS.

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