L.J. Smith, TE
Arguably the Eagles’ most questionable use of the franchise tag came in 2008 when Philadelphia applied the tag toward tight end, L.J. Smith.
During the 2007 season, Smith only appeared in ten games due to an injury. He finished with 22 receptions for 236 yards and one touchdown.
We kind of saw this move coming since Donovan McNabb and Philly’s front office wanted Smith to return for the 2009 season. It appeared Smith wanted to stay as well since he signed. The deal was worth $4.52 million.
Ultimately, Smith would lose the starting job with the emergence of Brent Celek. Smith finished the 2008 campaign with 37 receptions for 298 yards and three touchdowns.
After the tag expired, Smith played for the Baltimore Ravens during the 2009 season where he caught two passes in 12 games. Smith would call it a career following his one-year stint with the Ravens.