Former Philadelphia Eagles first round pick Marcus Smith was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday afternoon. NFL insider Ian Rapoport notes Smith “has been out of practice for a couple days while dealing with a personal issue.”
The move comes as somewhat of a surprise to Seahawks fans considering Seattle signed Smith to a one-year, $1.425 million contract with $400,000 guaranteed earlier this year.
Smith originally signed with the Seahawks shortly after being released by the Eagles in late July last year. He had eight tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one pass deflection as a rotational player for Seattle in 2017.
Smith’s career with Philadelphia was obviously very disappointing. After being selected with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Smith struggled to even get on the field with the Eagles’ defense. His career in Philadelphia ended with just 12 tackles and four sacks in 37 games played over three seasons. It’s safe to say he was one of the biggest draft busts in Eagles history.
We’ll see if Smith, who turned 26 years old in March, catches on with another team.