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Philadelphia Eagles to sign Brad Smith according to report

The Eagles will sign the former Bills and Jets return man Brad Smith this week according to a report


Jason LaCanfora is reporting that the Eagles will sign former Jets & Bills QB/WR/RB/KR Brad Smith pending a physical.

The Jets drafted Smith, who played QB at Missouri, in the 4th round of the 2006 draft and listed him as both a QB and WR on their depth chart. He was an impact player for the Jets when used in wildcat packages where he was probably the most consistently decent wildcat QB the league has seen even after the fad went out of style.

However, Smith made his biggest mark on special teams where he has returned 4 kicks for TDs in his career and was among the Jets leaders in special teams tackles.

Smith signed a 4 year $15 million deal with the Bills in 2011 and played pretty much the same role as a wildcat QB, WR and return man. He landed on IR after suffering a rib injury in preseason and was released last week.

If I had to bet, it's Smith's return ability that has the Eagles interest piqued. While he could certainly see some time at WR and I suppose it's possible he could run some read option, the return game is likely where Smith could have a real impact with Damaris Johnson seemingly falling out of favor (and being hurt).

It's certainly an exciting proposition as the Eagles haven't had a real threat in the kick return game since probably Brian Mitchell or the short lived JR Reed.

[Note by Brandon Lee Gowton, 11/12/13 1:05 PM EST ] The Eagles announce the move is official. In a corresponding move, B.J. Cunningham has been released.

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