Eagles Sign OL Wade Smith
The Eagles have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Wade Smith, according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.
Smith (6-4, 295) has started 98 games since being drafted in the third round of the 2003 draft. He started 64 straight games at left guard for the Houston Texans from 2010 to 2013, and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012. Smith previously spent two seasons apiece with the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. He spent the summer with the Seahawks before being released.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 9, 2014
The 33-year-old Smith has some experience playing center and tackle as well. Per Caplan, the Eagles brought both Smith and right tackle Eric Winston in for a look. Winston left without a contract.
With key pieces missing along the offensive front, the Eagles are in search of answers. Evan Mathis was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and could be sidelined for four-plus weeks. News came down today that Allen Barbre is likely to have surgery on his ankle which could end his season. Matt Tobin (ankle) was sidelined for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, and Lane Johnson is suspended through the first four weeks for failing a drug test.
Andrew Gardner, who played right tackle when Barbre went out against the Jaguars, is the likely candidate to man that spot again Monday in Indianapolis. David Molk played left guard when Mathis was injured but Dennis Kelly, who was inactive for the Jacksonville game, may get the nod there this week. They now have Smith as an option as well.
Sheil Kapadia contributed to this post.