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NFL News: Philadelphia Eagles Sign Ex-Giants Pro Bowl WR Steve Smith


It’s been quite a few weeks for the Eagles who have gone a free agent signing frenzy, agreeing to to terms with some of the leagues biggest names at various positions.

The biggest name to date is still Nnamdi Asomugha, the former Oakland Raiders phenom corner, but there are more acquisitions that critics claim will help push the Eagles to their first Superbowl championship.

Runningback Ronnie Brown, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, defensive end Jason Babin, defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove, and quarterback Vince Young were all added to the roster.

But the latest signing could rival that of even Asomugha as the biggest surprise move, the Eagles agreed to a one-year contract with former Giants wide receiver Steve Smith.

Smith is coming of a serious knee injury only eight months ago when he suffered damage to the articular cartilage in the joint, an injury that required the dreaded micro-fracture surgery to repair.

The Giants were interested in bringing Smith back, but felt his recovery was still a ways out, and their feeling was he would start the season on the PUP list — which would cause him to miss at least the first six games or more of the 2011 season.

Philadelphia conducted a physical of their own when Smith made his visit. Their team doctors felt his recovery was farther along than the Giants apparently, and early rumblings say Smith may not even see the PUP list as an Eagle.

In 2009 he made the Pro Bowl catching 107 passes for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns, to date his best season as a pro. In four NFL seasons he has 220 catches for 2,386 yards and eleven touchdowns.

His addition could also mean the Eagles aren’t entirely comfortable with the recovery of receiver Jeremy Maclin, last seasons leading receiver, who is suffering from a yet to be determined illness that so far has forced him out of all team practices.

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