Steve Smith, the former New York Giants Pro Bowl wide receiver who suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2010, reached a one-year free-agent agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Smith is the sixth Pro Bowl selection to sign with the Eagles since July 29. Philadelphia also added cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive end Jason Babin, quarterback Vince Young and running back Ronnie Brown.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Smith told reporters. “Even just when I wasn’t part of the Eagles yet I was just like, ‘Wow, they’re making some really big moves.’”
Smith has 220 receptions for 2,386 yards and 11 touchdowns in 46 career regular-season games and 16 catches for 169 yards in five playoff games. He was chosen by the Giants with the 51st overall pick in the 2007 National Football League draft and played in the Pro Bowl following the 2009 season.
“He’s a Pro Bowl-quality receiver that we will work into our offense as soon as he’s ready to go,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement on the team’s website last night. “He’s played very well against us in the past few years and we’re happy to have him on board.”
Smith, 26, had surgery to repair cartilage damage eight days after he was injured in the Giants’ Dec. 13 victory against the Minnesota Vikings. In nine games last season, he caught 48 passes for 529 yards and three touchdowns. He said he’ll leave it to the Eagles’ medical staff to decide when he can resume practice.
“If it was up to me I could go practice tomorrow, but we want to be extra careful with this thing,” Smith said. “Just because you’re feeling pretty good today, you don’t want to rush it and have any setbacks.”
Terms of the contract weren’t disclosed. Smith, who had 190 receptions for 3,019 yards and 22 touchdowns for the University of Southern California, said he was “pretty sure” the Giants couldn’t match the Eagles’ offer.