Note the Eagles didn’t have to wait until NFL free agency to start to ink Smith because the 49ers cut the veteran wide receiver earlier this week.
This news is very unsurprising; we speculated about the possibility of Smith to the Eagles right after the 49ers released him. Philadelphia reportedly tried to acquire Smith prior to the NFL trade deadline last season. Here’s what we wrote on Monday.
Signing Smith would give the Eagles a nice deep threat for Carson Wentz. Smith ranks second in active career NFL yards per reception leaders with 17.0. You might have been able to guess that DeSean Jackson ranks first on the list.
Another factor to consider when it comes to the Eagles’ interest in Smith is that he has a connection to Philadelphia vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas. Smith and Douglas overlapped together in Baltimore with the Ravens.
In addition, I can’t help but point out this tweet.
Nelson Agholor ranks 118th out of 119 wide receivers graded by @PFF. (119 is … Torrey Smith)— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 16, 2016
PFF grades aren’t everything (see: Malcolm Jenkins having bad PFF grades before coming to the Eagles), but I find this too funny not to bring up.
It must be noted how Smith had to deal with really bad quarterback play in San Francisco over the past few years. Smith posted some of the best numbers of his career with Joe Flacco in Baltimore. The best season of his career came in 2013 when he caught 65 passes for 1,128 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 11 touchdowns in 2014.
The Eagles had the worst wide receiving corps in the NFL last year. Smith still figures to be an upgrade for Philadelphia.
UPDATE: Contract details are out.
Torrey Smith's deal with #Eagles is actually a 1-year, $5 million pact with two $5M options. He got a $500K bonus.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 9, 2017
Rather than a 3 year, $15 million contract, it is a series of 1 year, $5 million contracts.