Philadelphia Eagles will miss having Torrey Smith at wideout
Mar 10 2018
The Eagles are now projected to be about $14 million over the National Football League salary cap of $177.2 million and need to reach that figure on Wednesday.
According to reports on ESPN.com and NFL.com, Smith is headed to Carolina in a trade for cornerback Daryl Worley, who is from Philadelphia. He had 36 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season but excelled in the playoffs. Philadelphia also acquired defensive end Michael Bennett in a trade earlier in the week.
Seeing that Smith was scheduled to earn $5 million in 2018 makes it easy to understand why the decision was made by Philadelphia, and the fact that Howie Roseman was able to land a player in return with Worley when the team was already expected to move on from the veteran wideout is fantastic.
Smith is a veteran of 108 career games with the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Eagles.
Worley, originally a 2012 third-round pick out of West Virginia, now gets a chance to play in his hometown. Worley finished with two interceptions and 10 pass deflections.
Smith signed a three-year, $15 million deal with Philadelphia last offseason.
Worley will likely compete for a starting job across from Darby with Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones, and he should help improve a defense that ranked 17th against the pass in 2017.
The Eagles were expected to decline Smith's $5M option which would have made him a free agent.