NFL Rumors: Eagles Just Piling on with Steve Smith Signing
Sometimes, good enough just isn’t good enough.
That must be the mantra the Philadelphia Eagles are living by these days. With their roster already stuffed to the gills with talent, the Eagles went out and signed former New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith on Wednesday. Smith is a former Pro Bowler, but on the Eagles, he’ll at best be the No. 3 guy behind DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
It’s a good signing, no doubt about that. But because the Eagles really didn’t need to go out and sign Smith, the question must be asked why they did.
You might be thinking that the Eagles signed Smith as an insurance policyfor Maclin, who is on the shelf until further notice with an unspecified illness. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, though, that’s not the case. He reported via Twitter that an Eagles source told him Smith’s signing has “nothing to do” with Maclin’s illness. Besides, Smith himself is on the mend from the microfracture surgery he had on his left knee back in December. He’s not much of an insurance policy.
As such, the Eagles’ decision to bring in Smith is twofold. For one, he makes them a better team, which is what head coach Andy Reid indicated (via ESPN) when he said that he and general manager Howie Roseman are “always keeping our eyes open for good football players and players that we think can help our football team win.”
Smith should definitely help them do that. As soon as he is healthy enough to get back out on the gridiron, he’s going to be just another dangerous weapon at the disposal of Michael Vick, who is himself a dangerous weapon. Smith is by no means a home run hitter like Jackson, but he’s just as steady as Maclin.
The other reason the Eagles signed Smith, of course, is that it was a way for them to deny the enemy. Smith was Eli Manning’s top target in 2009 and in the nine games he played before getting hurt in 2010. Now he’s gone, and so is tight end Kevin Boss, leaving the Giants hopelessly devoid of weapons with which they can fight the Eagles’ revamped secondary.
So why sign Smith? Heck, why not sign Smith?
Fear the Eagles, football fans. They’ve signed everyone else, and they’ll come for you too.
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