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October 24, 2016

Report: Eagles talking to 49ers about deal for WR Torrey Smith

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One of the glaring weaknesses on the Philadelphia Eagles' roster is at the wide receiver spot, where they have suffered from drops and poor production. According to a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Eagles are interested in San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Smith is similar to the types of wide receivers the Eagles brought in this past offseason, when they tried unsuccessfully to add a receiver who could take the top off a defense. They signed speedy receivers Chris Givens and T.J. Graham, who both ran a 4.41 40 at the 2012 Combine. Both Givens and Graham could not make the 53-man roster.

Smith fits the profile of a deep threat. He too ran a 4.41 at the 2011 NFL Combine, and has a 17.2 yards per catch average. However, unlike Givens and Graham, Smith has actual NFL production, having amassed 4,453 career receiving yards and 36 career TDs.

The Eagles don't currently have a deep threat opposing defenses have to respect. Smith could be a good fit for the Eagles' offense, giving Carson Wentz a legit vertical option in the passing game, while also opening things up underneath for players like Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz, and Darren Sproles.

Where Smith isn't such a great fit is his cost. Smith's base salary is $6,500,000 in each of the next three years. Add in roster and workout bonuses, and his yearly cap hit would be $8,000,000 per year.

Update: We now have a conflicting report from Matt Maiocco of CSN:

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