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The Eagles first FA signing is Torrey Smith. The deal can be officially signed because Smith was cut by the 49ers.
The team had reported interest in him at the deadline last year and now a deal has come together. This is a very team friendly cost at only 3 years 15 million, and considering Robert Woods just landed a 5 year 39 million dollar deal with 15 guaranteed, Smith is coming at a major bargain.
So what’s the deal with Torrey Smith…
Height/weight- 6’0 205
Let’s not mince words; Smith was a total bust as a 2015 free agent signing for the 49ers, but to his defense, San Francisco was an absolute disaster.
In 2015, Smith caught 33 balls for 663 yards and 1 touchdown and followed that up with only 20/267/3 in 12 games this past season.
However, Smith did average 20.1 yards per catch in 2015 and has averaged at least 15.7 yards per catch in each season of his career besides 2016.
His best season was in 2013 where he caught 65 balls for 1128 yards and 4 tds, while averaging 17.4 YPC.
He also had a solid 2014 posting a 49/767/11 stat line, which helped land him his deal with the Niners
Here is a great stat:
Active NFL career yards per reception leaders
1) DeSean: 17.7
2) Torrey Smith: 17.0
3) Vincent Jackson: 16.8
4) Kenny Britt: 15.8
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) March 9, 2017
Low risk, high reward. He was cheap and fills a monster need. If the Eagles get a solid number 2 or 3 WR by season’s end, then this is a win. Smith can clearly stretch the field, something the Eagles obviously have lacked since Desean Jackson was cut. Hey, it’s an upgrade from Nelson Agholor or DGB (so will pretty much be any receiver).
And he seems extremely motivated to put the last 2 seasons behind him-
Don't be surprised when I'm back on track next year…….
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) March 6, 2017
He also has a relationship with Joe Douglass. Douglass was part of the staff that drafted Smith in Baltimore and I am assuming that Douglass knows or at least believes Smith has some juice left in the tank. Eagles fans certainly hope so