NFL: Former New York Giants WR Steve Smith Signs with Rival Eagles

Mike IorfinoContributor IIIAugust 10, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:  Steve Smith #12 of the New York Giants against the Detroit Lions at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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On Wednesday, the New York Giants were dealt another blow—in what has been a disastrous free-agency period for Big Blue—when Steve Smith agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, whom tweeted this:

"Eagles agree to terms with former Giants Pro Bowl WR Steve Smith on a one-year contract."

Smith, who has been arguably Eli Manning's favorite target, was targeted by the Giants this offseason; however, after a two-day meeting in which the Giants team doctors examined Smith's knee, the Giants and Smith couldn't agree on a deal. 

According to ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk, Smith had the impression that the 'Giants decision not to bring him back was more financial then injury related.' 

Here's what Smith posted on his Facebook page: 

I will always cherish my time in NY and the super bowl victory.. This was obviously not an easy decision for me or something i ever expected but unfortunately the business aspect proved that the eagles wanted me to be part of their organization MUCH more than the Giants did.. A special thanks to my WR buddies, coach Gilbride, all of u amazing fans on here, and the entire giants organization for drafting me.. Time for a new beginning...





The four-year receiver is coming off micro-fracture surgery and will likely miss all of training camp and potentially even the first portion of the regular season. 

UPDATE: The Giants team doctors don't think Smith will be ready until mid-season, while the Eagles doctors think he'll be ready for the opener, according to ESPN's John Clayton.

With that said, when healthy, Smith is a dynamic possession receiver. Although he doesn't possess top-end speed, Smith is among the best route runners in the league and has great hands—a combination that makes him one of the best slot receivers in the league. 

When he returns from his injury, Smith will immediately improve an Eagles receiving corps that already boasts DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant. 

Smith's best year as a Giant came in 2009 when he finished with 107 receptions, 1,220 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.