With no viable second string tight end on the Eagles roster, the front office went shopping to increase depth. Philadelphia signed veteran Alex Smith to a one-year, $1 million deal early this afternoon. He was released by the New England Patriots three days ago after roster cuts were made.
Due to the loss of rookie Cornelius Ingram to a season-ending knee injury, the Eagles were forced to add another tight end considering the team only had two tight ends before signing Smith. At the age of 27, Smith has 129 catches for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns, but sat out most of last season after ankle surgery. In the wake of the signing, the ‘Birds cut Tony Curtis in order to get Smith on the 53-man roster. Curtis was signed last month by the Eagles and caught a touchdown against the Jets last week, however Smith is expected to play a larger role.
This is a great acquisition by the Eagles heading into the opening of the season. Since Philadelphia is known for running a lot of two-tight end sets, the addition of a veteran will allow for a smoother transition when Smith is used. Since Brent Celek continues to improve each year, I believe that Smith will compliment Celek and help teach him how to be an effective tight end in the NFL. Reid announced that Smith is expected to see action against the Panthers on Sunday.