Breaking Down the Torrey Smith Signing

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The Eagles signed Torrey Smith to a 3 year/$15 Million deal Thursday. There were reports last year that the Eagles were interested in acquiring Smith at the trade deadline last year. After being cut by the San Francisco 49ers days ago the Eagles got Smith for cheap.

The Deal:

Torrey Smith’s 3 year/$15 Million deal is only $500k guaranteed and the $4.5 million in 2017 is not. A low risk, high reward deal that won’t hurt the Eagles if the Torrey Smith project doesn’t work out.

The Good:

The Eagles were in need of a deep threat. Dorial Green-Beckham’s lackadaisical route running and Nelson Agholor’s lack of hands won’t cut it. Many noticed the dink and dunk offense that Doug Pederson ran last year. Whether that is his offensive plan going forward or he had a lack of deep threats to call plays for there is no more excuses.

Smith’s last two years with the 49ers were abysmal garnering 53 catches for 930 yards. Smith is still young, only 28, and had 65 catches for 1,128 yards in 2013 and 11 touchdowns in 2014. Smith put together two great seasons with a strong armed QB, Joe Flacco, whose characteristics compare to Carson Wentz.

Torrey Smith is known as one of the most standup characters in the league and has been nominated multiple times for Walter Payton Man of the Year. Adding a veteran locker room presence to the locker room will benefit a young locker room that wasn’t focused last year.

The Bad:

Drops. 

Had a career-worst 40.8 percent catch rate last season (49 targets, 20 receptions). Other 2016 catch rates for comparison’s sake: Jordan Matthews (62.4), Nelson Agholor (52.2), Brandin Cooks (66.7), Kenny Stills (51.9), DeSean Jackson (56.0), Kenny Britt (61.3), and Julio Jones (64.3).

I don’t think Philadelphia can take any more drop hot takes, tweets, or stats from beats after the last two years.

Overall this signing is what it is. Not sexy, but if Smith shows flashes of his time with Baltimore in a similar QB situation it could be a steal. If it doesn’t Smith is probably not here next March.


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