The Eagles have been waiting a long time to sign Smith. In October, Pro Football Talk reported the Eagles and San Francisco 49ers were discussing a trade involving Smith, but nothing materialized. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported last month that the Eagles were still interested in trading for Smith.
As it turns out, the Eagles didn’t have to trade for the 28-year-old receiver after all. Just three days before the start of free agency, the 49ers released Smith, saving themselves $4.8 million in cap space. Since he was released by San Francisco, the Eagles didn’t have to wait until the free agency period to sign Smith, which is why the signing (three years, $15 million) was made official hours before the floodgates opened.
Smith is a speedy receiver who will take the top off of opposing defenses. Smith averages 17.0 yards per reception in his career. The only active receiver with a higher average is DeSean Jackson (17.9 yards per reception).