For one former New York Giants wide receiver, it appears the old adage "If you can't beat them, join them," has rung true. Steve Smith and the Eagles agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year deal.
Smith joins a wide receiver corps that includes DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper and a few other intriguing options in Johnnie Lee Higgins, Chad Hall and Smith's former teammate Sinorice Moss. For Smith, the question will be how soon he'll be ready to get back on the field as he's working his way back from December microfracture surgery on his knee.
But when Smith is healthy, he's been ultra productive. He put his name on the map in 2009 with a 107-catch season, accumulating 1,220 yards in the process. He was on pace to approach 100 catches again in 2010 before he was lost for the season after nine games, during which he totaled 48 catches for 529 yards.
The 26-year-old Smith, 5-11, 195, is certainly familiar with the Eagles after playing against his new team twice a year since 2007 (plus a playoff game in 2008). Of course, the Eagles have won the last six contests with the Giants.
"Like I've said many times before, Howie Roseman and I are always keeping our eyes open for good football players and players that we think can help our football team win," said head coach Andy Reid. "And Steve Smith certainly fits that category. He's a Pro Bowl quality receiver that we will work into our offense as soon as he is ready to go. We feel very good about our current group of receivers and Steve adds another dimension to that position. He's played very well against us in the past few years and we're happy to have him on board."
With the Eagles, Smith will be reunited with his collegiate teammates Mike Patterson and Winston Justice.