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Torrey Smith Trade: Eagles reportedly send wide receiver to Panthers for Daryl Worley

Howie Roseman can’t stop making trades.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have made ANOTHER trade. This time the Eagles are shipping veteran wide receiver Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for cornerback Daryl Worley, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter.

BGN Radio reacting to the Torrey Smith trade!

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Friday, March 9, 2018

Howie Roseman just can’t help himself from making deals at this point.

Smith was a virtual lock not to be back with the Eagles in 2018. The 29-year-old receiver contributed as a deep threat and was productive in the playoffs, but Smith just wasn’t worth the $5 million he was set to make in 2018. He had no guaranteed money remaining in his contract.

By trading Smith, the Eagles save $5 million in much-needed cap space. They won’t get that money until after the new league year begins at 4:00 PM Eastern on March 14, though. This means they still need to make moves to get under the cap before then. The Eagles also take on Worley’s $865,921 cap hit in 2018, but his salary won’t factor in to the Top 51 rule during the offseason.

So, who is Daryl Worley? Well, the 23-year-old is a Philly guy. He attended Penn Charter before going to West Virginia for college. That makes five former Mountaineers now on the Eagles’ roster, by the way.

Worley was selected by the Panthers in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He measures in at 6-1, 204 pounds. In two seasons with Carolina, Worley made 25 starts in 31 games played. He logged 111 tackles, 19 passes defensed, three interceptions, and two sacks during that span.

Here’s some interesting perspective on Worley from our friends over at SB Nation’s Panthers blog — Cat Scratch Reader.

The trade is a curious one, as it appeared that by the end of the 2017 season, Worley was the Panthers’ best CB. Moreover, Torrey Smith hasn’t had a season where he’s produced ‘starting’ WR numbers since 2013 with the Baltimore Ravens. The 29 year-old was essentially Philly’s 5th option in the passing game last year during their Super Bowl season, playing in all 16 games, catching 36 passes for 430 yards (11.6 ypc) and two touchdowns.

Getting anything for Smith, who was obviously bound to be gone, seems like a win for the Eagles to me. Even if nothing becomes of Worley, it was at least worth taking a shot on the young corner. If Worley does pan out, he’s still on his rookie deal for at least two more seasons. We know the Eagles need cheap talent given their cap situation.

Philadelphia’s crowded cornerback situation just got even more interesting with the addition of Worley. One would think more moves are coming at that position. Earlier this week, we took a look at how Ronald Darby might be the odd man out in that group. Slot corner Patrick Robinson is set to be a free agent, but the Eagles reportedly have interest in re-signing him. We’ll see.

Never a dull moment with Howie Roseman around.


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