Did Philadelphia Eagles Take Risk Signing Wide Receiver Steve Smith?

Shay GravesContributor IIIAugust 11, 2011

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Steve Smith #12 of the New York Giants goes up high in front of cornerback Glover Quin #29 of the Houston Texans in the first half at Reliant Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles just seem to be handing out money this offseason, as they've added another addition in their free-agent frenzy. This time it was wide receiver Steve Smith, formerly of the New York Giants.

Yes, a New York Giant has signed with the arch enemy. Smith is now playing football down the turnpike as a Philadelphia Eagles after he signed a one-year deal on Aug. 10. This instantly raises some questions.

First off, what does this mean for the Eagles receiving corps? DeSean Jackson just joined his team earlier this week and will not participate in the Eagles first preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.

The same goes for third year wide-out Jeremy Maclin who has yet to participate in camp due to a mystery injury that doctors can't diagnose. Reports have said Maclin has lost close to 20 pounds. 

Now I'm no expert, but gaining 20 pounds is no easy task, even for a professional athlete. Especially when you need to be ready for a season that is less than a month away, and you have yet to begin preparation. 

The next question is do the Eagles think Steve Smith is the answer? OK, Smith had a Giant record 107 receptions in 2009, but we are talking about now and the last time I checked Smith is coming off a serious injury, he is tampered goods.

Not only did he sustain an ACL injury that required dreaded micro-fracture surgery, but he also tore his pectoral muscle that caused him to miss games prior to the season ending injury in 2010. 

What would make the Eagles want to sign a player with so much risk, to add to an already shaky group of receivers? At this point the only guarantee the Eagles have at receiver is sure-handed Jason Avant.

Jackson is high risk, high reward as he brings big play capabilities to an offense but is unlikely to go 16 games without an injury. Maclin is a big question mark.

Now, add Smith, who is coming off a 48-catch, 529-yard, three-touchdown season that was cut short by an injury that required micro-fracture surgery. The same micro-fracture surgery that can take up to a year to fully recover from.  

The chances that the Eagles get the 2009 Steve Smith seem slim. They would love to get the guy that had 107 catches 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns.

Doctors may have said things are coming along fine, however, that fails to explain the whole story. According to a report from ESPN, he will not see the field until mid-October if there are no setbacks. So this is a rental for three-fourths of the season is all goes well. 

For Smith, this was a good business move, you have to go where the money is. For the Eagles if this was done to steal a weapon from their division foe Giants, great move, but if they are expecting Smith to the player of old, he may be a year away. 

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