Eagles Snare Giants Free Agent Steve Smith
The Philadelphia Eagles have added another building block to what they hope will result in a Super Bowl-winning roster, this time acquiring New York Giants free-agent wide receiver Steve Smith.
Smith, who was one of the Giants’ top receivers from 2007 to 2010, signed a one-year deal with the Eagles, who have been very active on the free agent market with six high-profile signings over the last two weeks. Smith’s agreement with the Eagles on Wednesday came after two meetings with the Giants on Monday and Tuesday. The 26-year-old wide receiver suffered a season-ending knee injury on December 13 last year and has since been recovering from a microfracture surgery.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin reportedly said that Smith had “a ways to go” before recovering fully from the injury, an assessment that the 2009 Pro Bowler seems to disagree with. “I feel good. I’ve been running, cutting, doing different things. I haven’t had any setbacks,” Smith said. According to ESPN sources, granting no setbacks, Smith could be back on the field by October or a month into the 2011-2012 NFL season, which kicks off on September 8.