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Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:55 am
Edited on: August 11, 2011 12:27 pm

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The reaction to the Eagles signing of former Giants WR Steve Smith has stirred emotions across the NFC East. We thought it was a strong signing by Philadelphia’s front office, and it was interesting that Smith revealed that the Eagles showed “MUCH more” interest than the Giants did in signing him.

That led to Giants fans lambasting Smith -- coming off microfracture surgery on his knee that could keep him out the early part of the season. Smith wrote Thursday on his Facebook page: "Instead of cursing at me and wishing my family and my knee harm, i wish you could understand that i truly wanted to stay here but that the giants DIDN'T want me here unfortunately.. thank you to my true fans for standing by me and offering your support during this time.”

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Even some of his old teammates got into the act.

Via the Philadelphia Daily News, Giants CB Terrell Thomas tweeted the following: "Hate to see a [Steve Smith] sign with any team. But glad we get to play against him two times a year and show him the grass ain't GREENER* on the other side.”

*As an aside, I think that tweet would have been more effective if Thomas had put “ain’t” in all caps instead of “greener.” Like this: “But glad we get to play against him two times a year and show him the grass AIN’T greener on the other side.” See what I mean?

Meanwhile, New York coach Tom Coughlin pointed out to reporters that Smith’s surgery was performed by a Giants team doctor, and the New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch tweets that Coughlin sounded betrayed by that notion. Coughlin also said the Giants never had a chance to match the Eagles offer of one year, $4 million ($2 million of that guaranteed) and that Smith’s representation told the Giants they would have a chance to counter. He said it was akin to competing in a race that you didn’t know had started yet (to be fair, though, the Giants had plenty of time to sign him once free agency began).

We have yet to see how Eagles RB LeSean McCoy -- who engaged in a Twitter war with New York DE Osi Umenyiora, which then led to Smith getting involved and posting a pretty sweet picture of him celebrating the Giants Super Bowl victory while featuring an empty Eagles trophy case (as you can see in the above picture) -- reacts to his newest teammate. But Smith is pretty sure everything will be cool between the two.

"Yeah, it’s going to be funny," Smith said Wednesday night during a conference call with reporters. "I’m going to go up to LeSean the first day I see him and just shake his hand and give him a hug and tell him that was all just Twitter beef and it was just all in fun. And you know, it’s just a great rivalry and I’m thankful to be a part of it. And having switched sides it’s a little different but still it will be exciting to see what it’s like on this side.”

The Newark Star Ledger’s Mike Garafolo also had interesting analysis on why the Giants let Smith get away to an intra-divisional rival, writing, “I'm completely baffled on this one. What is going on in the Giants' front office? I mean, seriously, what is going on right now? I'll tell you what's going on: for the first time, Jerry Reese's seat must be getting warm. … How do you let Smith become so discouraged by your efforts to retain him that he goes to see your arch rivals?”

Garofolo then argues that Smith was a potentially valuable asset who the Giants should have squared away (even if Smith had to miss half the season while recovering from his surgery).

Instead, Smith goes to the Eagles, and once he gets his hug from McCoy, he can begin the process of finding a place in a WR corps that includes DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant. The Eagles just got a little bit stronger, while the Giants, competing for the same NFC East title, potentially let a star get away.

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Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:59 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Smith should be looking at a team he can help open up their offense, and hes buried in Philly. Plus Philly likes to run the ball so why stock pile at this position? Doesnt make good sense for either party. Smith will lose money over the long run of his career for this contract.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:52 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

And why would u go to a team where hell prob be a number 4 or 5 options behind-jackson, maclin,mccoy,and celek..number 3 wrs dont do shit esp when they go to another team, hell be forgotten by week 3 like that other steve smith in carolina

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:50 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

I think the GREENER in caps was for him signing with the Eagles-Green uniforms and Green the color of money

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:29 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

I'm really not trying to downplay Smith's abilities as much question the Eagles' need for another reciever. We already have Jackson and Maclin, and Avant. The Eagles have also been raving about Riley Cooper and he figures to have a bigger role in the offense this year. ANd I haven't even mentioned Brent Celek. Again, Smith is a decent player, there's no doubt, but he's not a great player and the Eagles have more pressing depth needs at other positions.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:22 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Smith caught over 100 passes because he was Eli Manning's #1 target in 2009t. Talent-wise he's no where near Jackson or even Maclin, and I guarentee you if Eli had Jackson and Maclin to throw to in '09, Smith would have been lucky to get 50 catches. He caught 100 passes averaging 11 yards a catch, people, with seven TDs. He's nothing special.

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:39 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Maybe he capped GREENER as a stab at Smith's new team's colors.  Football players are too smart, so he probably thought it was funny...

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:22 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Jason Avant?!?  Really?!?  Avant has great hands but Steve Smith caught 107 passes two years ago.  He's one of the premier slot receivers in the game if he is healthy.  I know thats a big IF but the Eagles took a shot and it could pay off big time.  Just imagine Jackson and Maclin split out wide and Smith lined up in the slot.  Scary

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:18 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

i hate to see Smith go, he is definately going to be the top 1 or 2 receivers on Philly .... why you Eagle fans seem to believe otherwise is beyond me....
Jason Avant is nowhere near Smiths level... his health might be a concern, but if healthy he is a force on the field...

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:45 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

I'm not a fan of the signing. Steve Smith is a smaller version of Jason Avant. He's a decent player, I guess, but we don't need him. And his health is serious concern...this could be Marlin Jackson all over again. I would have rather seen the 2-4 million spent on a linebacker with a set of balls.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:35 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing


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