Eagles Boost Wide Receiver Depth, Sign Brad Smith

Posted: November 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Aiming to improve their depth at wide receiver for the stretch run, the Philadelphia Eagles announced early Tuesday that they have agreed to a one-year contract with former Jets and Bills receiver Brad Smith. 

A former college quarterback, Smith was released on November 8th by Buffalo after starting just seven games over three years with the club. With the Bills, the former Missouri Tiger recorded 37 receptions for 392 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2011-’12 being used as a wide receiver as well as a wildcat quarterback. The 29-year old was on Buffalo’s injured reserve list this season. However, the team granted him his release last week in order for the veteran to pursue a potential job elsewhere. It appears as though Philadelphia was his preferred destination.

Smith is perhaps best known for his stellar performances in college at Missouri. Over a decade ago, now, the 6’2″ QB set numerous Big-12 and Division 1-A records while in Columbia. With the Jets from 2006-’10, Smith was a versatile playmaker who captained Rex Ryan’s venerable wildcat offense during the Jets’ back-to-back trips to the AFC Championship Game.

The Eagles have been looking for depth at wideout all season long. The preseason losses of Jeremy Maclin and Arrelious Benn have forced Riley Cooper and Jeff Maehl into larger roles as the season has gone on. Both players have performed quite well, especially Cooper. But, another set of legs is never a bad thing as a team continues on in the grueling season. 

Smith will have to pass a physical later on Tuesday for the deal to become official. 


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