NFL Trade Rumors: Eagles Interested In Torrey Smith, And Maybe Alshon Jeffrey
The Philadelphia Eagles are interested in acquiring San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith, according to a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. The two teams have reportedly discussed a deal but nothing is imminent.
It’s not surprising to see the Eagles interested in acquiring more receiver help. Philadelphia’s current group of pass catchers have been predictably underwhelming. The Eagles don’t have a single player who ranks top 40 in receiving yards. Jordan Matthews ranks 41st with 354 yards through six games.
The 27-year-old Smith has 13 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns this season. He has three catches of 20-plus yards and a long of 53. The addition of Smith would give the Eagles a deep threat that they sorely lack. He currently ranks second among active NFL receivers in yards per reception with 17.2. Only DeSean Jackson (17.4) has more.
The Eagles’ interest in Smith also makes sense given his Baltimore connections. Current Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas and assistant director of player personnel Andy Weidl were part of the Ravens’ scouting team when Smith was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Eagles executive vice president Howie Roseman isn’t shy to make a deal. Roseman has been involved in a number of trades since returning to power, including the late August acquisition of Dorial Green-Beckham. The Eagles clearly aren’t satisfied with their lackluster receiving corps.
Smith might not be Philadelphia’s only target. NFL insider Jason La Canfora says he wouldn’t rule out the Eagles inquiring about Bears receiver Alshon Jeffrey. Jeffrey has 32 receptions for 520 yards this year. The 26-year-old is set to be free agent after the 2016 season. His contract situation could complicate matters.
The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 4:00 p.m. ET. This one could be interesting for the Birds.