The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday that they have signed wide receiver/kick returner Brad Smith to a two-year deal. Smith was cut by the Buffalo Bills Friday with an injury settlement.
After earning a 4-year, $14.75 million contract from the mediocre Buffalo Bills in ’11, Brad Smith seemed to have matters going his way. The versatile athlete would amass six touchdowns receiving, rushing, and returning during his Bills tenure. “His ability to potentially be a four-phase special teamer when we’re looking at our gameday roster was important,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said.
Unfortunately, Smith has yet to suit up in an NFL contest this season due to a lingering rib injury. The ailment, created late in training camp, has left Smith on the sidelines through ten weeks of the NFL season. Smith will make his Eagles debut Sunday against Washington after GM Howie Roseman claimed he was “100 percent health-wise.” Smith expressed the same opinions, as well as a hunger to return to the field:
You realize how much you missed the game, how much you appreciate being around the guys. It stunk, just not being able to play the game. I’m just really, truly grateful for the opportunity.
Smith totaled 37 receptions and 34 rushes in two seasons with Buffalo. In arguably his best year as a returner, Smith averaged 31.0 yards per kickoff return for the New York Jets in ’09. With the return positions in constant revolution, an adjustment on-the-fly was needed. “We’re in the middle of the season, so we’re looking for guys who can contribute right away. It was about all of the things that we thought he could potentially bring to this football team,” Roseman admitted.
If Smith is truly back to form, the sky is the limit for the Eagles special teams. Improved field position will undoubtedly propel the offense to newer heights. Whatever the case may be, Brad Smith’s future looks bright again, bright as the sun in Philadelphia.
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