The Eagles finally made some free agency noise Thursday morning when they agreed to a 3 year, 15 million dollar dollar deal with free agent wide receiver Torrey Smith. This isn’t the groundbreaking move in trading for Brandin Cooks or signing Alshon Jeffery that Eagles fans were hoping for, but it’s a positive move nonetheless. Joe Douglas, the Eagles Vice President of player personnel, recently was employed at the same position with the Baltimore Ravens, whom Smith played for from 2011-2014. The moves doesn’t come as a surprise given that, but seeing how the Eagles filled a need at a bargain price, it makes the move a really good one.
Eagles fans will look at 2015 and 2016 as dreadful in terms of how Smith performed. What they need to consider, is the fact that Smith played with garbage at quarterback in San Francisco. If you go back and look at Smith’s production in Baltimore, he was a speedy receiver and a great number two guy for strong armed quarterback Joe Flacco. At 28, it’s fair to question how much of that blazing speed Smith has left. The tape from last year shows he still has a great burst and can still take the top off of the opposing defense. When you look at the options in free agency, guys like DeSean Jackson and Kenny Stills would have cost the Eagles somewhere near 8+million per year. Trading for Brandin Cooks would have likely cost the Eagles a 1st round pick and more. Signing Smith at a cheaper deal still gives the Eagles the option to check in on Alshon Jeffery and Terrelle Pryor while holding onto that coveted 14th overall pick.
Free agency has just begun and knowing the Eagles, this likely won’t be the only move they make; there are plenty more to come. The team released Connor Barwin early Thursday morning and are still looking to wheel and deal. My guess is, the Eagles will likely land another receiver and look to upgrade the offensive line while using the draft to build the defense. Stay tuned, it’s going to be a wild ride.
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