With the trade deadline approaching soon, the Eagles are back in the news with rumors surfacing that they may trade for a wide receiver. The biggest name linked to the Eagles this week has been San Francisco 49’ers wide out Torrey Smith, although Bears WR Alshon Jeffery has been mentioned also. It’s unlikely that the Bears would want to move Jeffery, and quite honestly, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Eagles to acquire him. He is often injured and will both command a steep price in a trade and was franchise tagged this past year, meaning the Eagles will have to sign him to an expensive contract if they want to keep him longer than this season. Doing so would also mean Bennie Logan would more than likely leave, and the Eagles defense would take a huge hit.
So let’s focus on Torrey Smith. Smith fits the bill of what the Eagles desperately need in a wide out. He’s fast and capable of stretching the field, has good hands, brings a veteran presence and would open middle of the field for Jordan Matthews and Dorial Green-Beckham. Pairing Smith with Wentz’s deep ball accuracy would be a big boost for both players, and would allow the Eagles to throw deep more than they are currently. Like any player, Smith isn’t perfect however. He comes with a relatively large contract, in his second year of a 5-year, 40-million-dollar deal and his production has slowed down since he signed with the 49’ers. Still, Smith is in his prime and his deep ball ability isn’t exactly being taken advantage of with QB’s Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick, as well as HC Chip Kelly. If the asking price isn’t too steep, it makes sense for the Eagles to pull the trigger.
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