Monday, December 12, 2011

Eagles $4 million mistake

The Eagles signed wide receiver Steve Smith to a one-year $4 million contract  near the end of training camp.

Didn't work out.
On Monday they put Smith on injured reserve, ending  the season of the veteran who caught 107 passes for the Giants in 2009 but just 11 in nine games with his new team. Smith also bagged a touchdown - against the Giants.

Apparently the knee injury that reduced Smith’s 2010 season to nine games flared up. He practiced fully last week but made the trip to Miami. He was scratched for the game against the Dolphins.

When the Eagles signed Smith, they said they weren't concerned about Jeremy Maclin, who was awaiting tests to see if he had cancer. Those tests were negative.
Despite their best efforts the Eagles couldn't find a role for Smith. They needed the roster space due to injuries on the defensive line.

The Eagles gave Smith's roster spot to undrafted rookie defensive tackle Cedric Thornton, signed off the practice squad.

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