ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Eagles have signed former Patriots & Buccaneers TE Alex Smith.
Sent to ESPN: Philadephia agreed to terms today with tight end Alex Smith. Nice pickup for Eagles.
Smith was a decent pass catching TE in his career with Tampa catching a little over 30 passes and about 3 TDs a year. He was most recently with the Patriots, who released him earlier this week.
Overall, the Eagles have noticeably upgraded the TE position... although considering what they had almost anything would have been an upgrade. There probably isn't any stars in this group but with a capable starter in Celek,
a good blocker in Curtis, and a decent pass catcher with good size(6-4 258) in Smith the Eagles have the makings of a solid corps of TEs. just two TEs still.
No word yet on who the Eagles will release to make room for Smith.
[Note by JasonB, 09/08/09 2:00 PM EDT ] according to Adam Caplan it was Tony Curtis who was cut.
This actually makes Peter King look kind of silly... He had this to say just yesterday.
Everybody asks, Why didn't the Iggles trade for one of New England's tight ends? Simple answer: Andy Reid liked his own backup, Tony Curtis, better than Alex Smith or David Thomas, the guys New England was peddling.
Apparently not... PFT is also reporting that Smith worked out for the Giants yesterday before signing with Philadelphia today.