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Eagles Sign Ex-Jets, Bills Receiver Brad Smith as Kick Returner

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National Football League receiver Brad Smith hadn’t played this year after injuring his ribs during the preseason and was released by the Bills on Nov. 8. Photographer: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The Philadelphia Eagles signed former New York Jets and Buffalo Bills kick returner and receiver Brad Smith to bolster their special-teams unit.

Smith, 29, has played quarterback, running back and receiver in the National Football League, yet has been most productive on kickoff returns, averaging 25.7 yards on 107 runbacks with four touchdowns.

Smith hadn’t played this year after injuring his ribs during the preseason and was released by the Bills on Nov. 8. The Eagles rank 23rd out of 32 teams in kickoff-return yardage.

A former quarterback at the University of Missouri, Smith spent his first five NFL seasons with the Jets before signing a four-year, $15 million contract with the Bills in 2011. He’s the only player in NFL history with a passing, rushing, receiving, kickoff-return and blocked-punt-return touchdown.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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