According to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, the Philadelphia Eagles have signed veteran offensive guard Wade Smith to a contract.
This news comes following a report that the Eagles fill-in starter at right tackle, Allen Barbre, is expected to have season-ending surgery on his ankle.
It was reported earlier on Tuesday that Smith was visiting Philadelphia along with former Houston Texans teammate Eric Winston. Winston left without Philadelphia without a deal. The Eagles opted to sign Smith instead. Here's what I wrote about Smith earlier:
Wade Smith, like Winston, also spent time with the Seahawks this past summer. Smith, 33, entered the NFL in 2003 as a third round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins. In his 10-year NFL career, Smith has recorded 98 starts and has appeared in 138 games. Smith most recently started all 16 games at left guard for the Houston Texans in 2013.
Smith has good size at 6-4, 307 lbs. For what it's worth, he was named to the NFL Pro Bowl in 2012. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan notes that the Eagles blocking scheme is similar to what Smith played in when he played for the Texans.
The Eagles now have seven healthy offensive lineman with this addition: Jason Peters, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans, Andrew Gardner, Dennis Kelly, David Molk, and Smith. Evan Mathis will miss several weeks while recovering from an MCL injury. Matt Tobin is dealing with a high ankle sprain. Barbre, as previously noted, is likely out for the season.
Philadelphia will have to make a corresponding roster move in order to make room for Smith on the team's 53-man roster.
(Fun fact: Smith is now the eighth former Texans player on the Eagles' roster. All eight include: P Donnie Jones, OLB Connor Barwin, ILB DeMeco Ryans, OL Andrew Gardner, TE James Casey, WR Jeff Maehl, OLB Bryan Braman, OL Wade Smith.