SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 07: Wide receiver Steve Smith #12 of the New York Giants rushes against Roy Lewis #34 of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 7 2010 in Seattle Washington. The Giants defeated the Seahawks 41-7. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Steve Smith Signs With Philadelphia Eagles, According To Report

Steve Smith scheduled a visit with the New York Giants this week before signing with the Eagles out of nowhere. The free agent wide receiver is recovering from microfracture surgery on his knee.

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Steve Smith Could Be Ready To Return By October, According To Report

Newly-signed Philadelphia Eagle Steve Smith could be ready to return by mid-October, according to a report by ESPN's Chris Mortenson. The Eagles have a bye in Week 7, allowing Smith seven straight weeks to rehab should he be placed on the physically unable to perform list as some have speculated.

Smith had some disparaging remarks toward his former team, and it appears that one of the issues on which they butted heads was how Smith was progressing in his rehabilitation from micro-fracture knee surgery. Smith disagreed with Giants coach Tom Coughlin that the receiver was in for a "long haul" in his recovery.

I would disagree with that personally just because I feel good," Smith said, via quotes distributed by the Eagles.  "I’ve been running, I’ve been doing different things, cutting and stuff and it’s been feeling good.  I haven’t been having any setbacks so hopefully that will continue but we’ll see."

Whenever Smith hits the field, he should provide a nice underneath complement to speedy deep threats DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.

For more analysis on the Eagle's new receiver, head over to Bleeding Green Nation.

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Steve Smith Signs With Eagles, Says Philly Wanted Him 'Much More' Than New York

Now that Steve Smith has reportedly signed a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the war of words has poked its way into the social media world. On his Facebook page, Smith gives an indication on why he signed with the Eagles over his former team, the Giants:

[T]he eagles wanted me to be part of their organization MUCH more than the Giants did..

How much more? According to Mike Garafolo, Smith's new deal is a one-year contract worth $4 million, including $2 million in guarantees. Geoff Musher reports that the Giants were unable to offer a competing contract to Smith.

It originally appeared as though the Giants were favorites to land Smith since he was recovering from microfracture surgery, but, just like this entire free agency period, the Eagles swooped in and made an offer too good to be overcome by others. The Giants believed he would miss the first month or so of the season, but Smith believes he is "pretty close" to playing. Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, among others, reports that Smith may not begin the season on the physically unable to perform list.

Head over to Eagles' blog Bleeding Green Nation and Giants' blog Big Blue View for fan reactions on both sides of the surprising deal.

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Steve Smith Signs With Eagles Over Giants, According To Report

The Philadelphia Eagles have added to their already glittering free agent haul, signing Steve Smith away from the New York Giants. Smith was expected to re-sign with the Giantsespecially after visiting with the team this week. There were no reports of meetings with Philadelphia prior to signing the one-year deal worth up to $4 million.

Smith may have to wait a while before seeing the field. His former Giants' teammates expected him to miss at least the first month of the NFL season due to his recovery from micro-fracture knee surgery. Assuming he does return to full strength, the Eagles will get a reliable and instinctive possession-type receiver to complement their big-play threats, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.

Smith's move to Philadelphia leaves the Giants with the likes of Victor Cruz and Domenik Hixon competing for the third receiver spot being Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham.

Head over to Eagles' blog Bleeding Green Nation and Giants' blog Big Blue View for fan reactions on both sides of the surprising deal.

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Steve Smith Scheduled For New York Giants Visit This Week

Steve Smith has scheduled a visit with the New York Giants this week. The free agent wide receiver is recovering from microfracture surgery on his knee.

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