The Eagles have had quite the offseason. With an aggressive plan assembled by coach Andy Reid and GM Howie Roseman — along with an ever-expanding wishlist of players — they’ve somehow managed to add premier talent to their roster at almost every position — all within the span of a few weeks.

On Wednesday, Philly unleashed another trick from under its sleeve, and stole a player away from their divisional rivals in the process.

Multiple outlets are reporting that former Giants receiver Steve Smith has agreed to a one-year contract with the Eagles. The deal is reportedly worth $4 million and includes $2 million in guarantees.
This comes one day after Big Blue was in the process of re-signing Smith. Their inability to finalize a new deal gave Philadelphia enough time to swoop in with, presumably, a better offer and land the former Pro Bowl wideout.

Unlike their other moves, however, this one comes attached with a fair amount of risk. In December, Smith underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee, a major procedure that likely led to the lukewarm interest he received on the free agent market.

But, after being checked out by team doctors, Philly is confident he’ll be ready to go by midseason. Smith, on the other hand, thinks he may suit up much sooner than that.
“It could be Week 1. You never know,” said Smith.
Nevertheless, it’s a good bet that he’ll be placed on the PUP list to open the season.

Assuming Smith returns sometime during the regular season, and is fully healthy, he should be able to step in and battle Jason Avant for slot duties. As a possession receiver, he won’t challenge DeSean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin for a starting spot, but would be a nice complement to them as the No. 3. Remember, he did haul in 107 passes for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009; he’s proven he can perform at a very high level.

With their varied assortment of new weapons and toys, the Eagles moreso resemble a user-created Madden team rather than a real NFL franchise. All things being equal, that doesn’t bode well for the rest of the league.

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