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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
 
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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: May 17, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

*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?

No I don't see what you mean, it's ain't GREENER as in booger green Eagles



Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

My hopes is the Eagles trophy case stays empty.  Vick is going to run no matter what the coaches tell him and will get slammed.  It may not be by a Giant but...  Smith must not have been as valuable, he is injured and 6 weeks will equate to probably 5 games and more injuries.  Who needs him. 



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Sorry...i think its actually 2 mil for the first season guaranteed not 4.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

It makes sense with what the eagles have been doing but I dunno why you pay that money to a guy that may miss 3-8 games. 4 mil for a possible half season from a decent, but not standout, WR when you already have a bunch of possession guys? I'm not sure if it really helps them to tell the truth unless Maclin's "sickness" is more dire than they are saying and expect him to miss time. BTW, how do they have this much money to spend?? Seems like they must have been like...40 mil under the cap



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Are the Eagles working with a different salary cap? Where is all of this money coming from? They resigned Vick, signed Nhamdi, Babin, Smith. They lost Kolb, but picked up DRC's contract. Great offseason by the Iggles front office, they feel like they are close and are adding depth for a deep playoff run.
I like Steve Smith's game alot, I don't watch a ton of Giants games, but the guy never seems to drop a pass. It seems to me the Eagles have too many #2 wide receivers. Who do you throw the fade to on the goaline?



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Pay the money

The giants are going cheap and losing all these stars to other teams.  What gives?



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Wow the Giants are having 1 HORRIBLE offseason....

I won't dispute, but I think it would have been worse if they'd matched the Eagles' offer.  $4M to a possession receiver with 25 NFL starts coming off of a major knee surgery seems like a reach.  Smith wasn't particularly fast before the injury and spending millions to find out how much he can recover of what speed he had doesn't sound like good business.



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Great signing by the Eagles! Steve is a quality football player and is aleast a number two wideout in the NFL. For the Eagles he will be their number four wideout so good luck covering all the Eagles wideouts! Plus it gives the Eagles depth and versitility. Plus they got him at a great price. If the Giants wanted him so bad they shouldn't have let him sit out there on the free agent wire. It looks like more of a cover by the Giants so the fans to get mad at the team.



Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Wow the Giants are having 1 HORRIBLE offseason....they lose Boss & Smith, arent able to bring Plaxico back, 1st rd pick breaks his foot and is out for a while, they cut half of their O-line, the Osi situation, still going to have 2 disgruntled RB's......but hey on the bright side they did sign a punter lol


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