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Rams take flier on former Giants receiver Steve Smith

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Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rams agreed to terms with two players on Monday.

Former Jets tight end Matthew Mulligan has agreed to join St. Louis on a two-year deal. The more notable name is Steve Smith, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Giants but couldn’t get on the field last year with Philadelphia.

Smith, 27 in May, agreed to a one-year deal and will look to rehab his market value on a Rams depth chart he likely envisions as easy to climb. Once one of the NFL’s top slot receivers — Smith caught 107 balls for the Giants in 2009 — his career has spiraled since microfracture knee surgery in 2010.

Smith played in only 11 games for the Eagles last year, catching 11 passes for 124 yards and one touchdown. He was Philadelphia’s No. 5 receiver behind Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, and Riley Cooper.

Mulligan is a blocker and special teamer.

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32 Responses to “Rams take flier on former Giants receiver Steve Smith”
  1. bettis3636 says: Mar 26, 2012 2:54 PM

    Amazing how fast your NFL career can turn… good luck buddy!

  2. jeremywflores says: Mar 26, 2012 2:56 PM

    Low-risk, high-reward. Good move.

  3. tcostant says: Mar 26, 2012 2:57 PM

    I can’t understand why the Gaints did sign Smith f with the hope he could replace Manningham on the cheap. Opportunity missed.

  4. mn62980 says: Mar 26, 2012 2:59 PM

    Why does it always seem like the Rams have recievers who would be awesome anywhere else but there? Donnie Avery, Laurent Robinson, Harry Douglas, and now Steve Smith…

  5. ezpkns34 says: Mar 26, 2012 2:59 PM

    “Amazing how fast your NFL career can turn… good luck buddy!”
    ————————————–
    And fans wonder why players hold out

  6. steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 26, 2012 3:00 PM

    Lolz

  7. kpierce12 says: Mar 26, 2012 3:00 PM

    Riley Cooper has beautiful hair

  8. n0hopeleft says: Mar 26, 2012 3:01 PM

    Benedict Arnold should’ve taken the deal the Giants gave him.

    He would’ve been on the field more with the Giants than the Eagles, and he would have another ring to show for it.

    Instead? You alienated every single fan that LOVED YOU by signing with The Empty Trophy Case Clan.

    Hope it was worth it.

  9. sharonrodgers says: Mar 26, 2012 3:07 PM

    Smith’s career is just about done. this will be his last stop

  10. elroyjetsson says: Mar 26, 2012 3:07 PM

    Mulligan is a player you can count on…..to false start when you have 3rd and one or to get a holding penalty on a long run when the play is totally away from him

  11. eagleswin says: Mar 26, 2012 3:08 PM

    Good signing by the Rams. He is much healthier now than when the Eagles signed him.

  12. jakek2 says: Mar 26, 2012 3:09 PM

    Example 1A why players should get every dollar that they can possibly get when they can get it. If that means holding out, do it.

  13. notrelated says: Mar 26, 2012 3:09 PM

    Never forget this fool dropping to the ground short of the first down.. For no reason. Untouched. Just fell to the ground like a fn clown.

  14. abains007 says: Mar 26, 2012 3:10 PM

    stev smit

  15. kd75 says: Mar 26, 2012 3:12 PM

    If the knee holds up, its a good move.

  16. djstat says: Mar 26, 2012 3:13 PM

    Benedict Arnold here who sold out his soul for Philthy

  17. eaglesw00t says: Mar 26, 2012 3:19 PM

    He should have taken the Giants contract offer.

    Guys shouldnt be so greedy at times. Arguing over 1 million cost him a few dozen million in the end.

  18. dohpey28 says: Mar 26, 2012 3:23 PM

    Takes 2 full years to come back from that knee injury, hopefully he can be back fully healthy from it. Here’s hoping he didn’t do more bad then good trying to come back too soon to try and prove the Giants were wrong last year.

  19. eaglesfan247 says: Mar 26, 2012 3:24 PM

    He’s a Former Eagle WR not NYG, even though he was awful for the Eagles. Glad hes gone.. wish him good luck tho.

  20. jacksaysfu says: Mar 26, 2012 3:25 PM

    Man I thought we were getting a pro bowl WR
    when we got Steve Smith last year . I hope we can show up for the Rams cause if not this will be the last flier anyone takes on him

  21. bleedgreen11 says: Mar 26, 2012 3:28 PM

    lol Steve Smith, the guy was such a bust for the Eagles last year, hope he does better with the Rams, I feel really badly for Sam Bradford.

  22. montsta says: Mar 26, 2012 3:28 PM

    Seems like a looonnggg time ago that some idiots tried to say he was the best Steve Smith in the league.

  23. jacksaysfu says: Mar 26, 2012 3:28 PM

    He*

  24. giant11 says: Mar 26, 2012 3:49 PM

    As a Giants fan i wish him well. He was beast with Giants offence, but diminished with his injuries and made a bad decision of joining Eagles. Good luck bud.

  25. ProDolphinsTalk says: Mar 26, 2012 3:54 PM

    Steve Smith > Steve Smith

  26. jimiinpa says: Mar 26, 2012 3:59 PM

    halfway thru the season he will be an anouncer

  27. jianningwu says: Mar 26, 2012 4:44 PM

    Steve Smith != Steve Smith

  28. freyj3773 says: Mar 26, 2012 4:47 PM

    Rumors last year that Smith lost a lot of his explosion due to his surgically repaired knee…. Having said that, not much for the Rams to lose – especially considering their current situation at WR. Good sign!

  29. bouchez9393 says: Mar 26, 2012 4:47 PM

    What do the rams have to lose, could work out great for them, he has got something to prove so smart play in my mind.

  30. jdandcoke says: Mar 26, 2012 5:08 PM

    tcostant says:Mar 26, 2012 2:57 PM

    I can’t understand why the Gaints did sign Smith f with the hope he could replace Manningham on the cheap. Opportunity missed.

    jerry reese runs the giants, not jerry jones. reese knows what he’s doing

  31. dolphins4 says: Mar 26, 2012 5:44 PM

    The Rams like former Eagle wide receivers maybe they’ll go after Todd Pinkston next.

  32. sdffa11 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:46 PM

    good riddance. you wont be missed by the eagles.

    get ready for concrete hands and dropped balls at crucial moments, st louis.

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