Former New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith is the newest free agent to choose he would fairly be in Philadelphia.
Smith agreed to a one-year contract last Wednesday with the Eagles after spending four seasons with the Giants that integrated a Super Bowl season and a Pro Bowl season.
The surgically repaired knee of Smith is a concern, and he might not be prepared to play until October or later on. On the other hand, the Eagles were willing to get an opportunity on Smith, one of preferred targets of Eli Manning and a receiver that has amazed them as a challenger.
In a report, Andy Reid the Eagles coach said, “Like I’ve said many times before, (general manager) Howie Roseman and I are always keeping our eyes open for good football players. And Steve Smith certainly fits that category…We feel very good about our current group of receivers and Steve adds another dimension to that position. He’s played very well against us in the past few years and we’re happy to have him on board.’’
According to Smith in a message posted on his Facebook page, saying the choice to leave the Giants was hard.
Smith posted, “I will always cherish my time in NY and the super bowl victory. But unfortunately the business aspect proved that the Eagles wanted me to be part of their organization MUCH more than the Giants did.’’