Eagles cut 2014 first-round pick Marcus Smith

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Another disappointing recent acquisition is out in Philadelphia.

Marcus Smith, the Eagles’ 2014 first-round draft pick, has been cut.

The Eagles tried at times to use Smith as both a defensive end and an outside linebacker, but he just never fit in and managed just four sacks in three NFL seasons. Former Eagles coach Chip Kelly liked Smith’s talent, but the current regime in Philadelphia has had no use for him.

The Eagles declined to pick up Smith’s fifth-year option this offseason, and Smith did not participate in voluntary offseason work. So both sides seemed to understand that they wouldn’t be together much longer.

Still, the decision to cut Smith now, rather than give him one last chance to prove himself in training camp, is a surprise. The Eagles will move on and Smith will now see if some other team believes in his talent.

40 responses to “Eagles cut 2014 first-round pick Marcus Smith

  1. This is the second cut today. Opens up a couple roster spots for DBs, for which the team’s rather desperate right now.

  2. .
    Seems like a guy who needs a new environment. He’s sort of a ‘tweener who needs to be in the right system to thrive.

    Watch out for those tricky Lions here.

  3. Jets on line one…………. still on line one……… STILLLLLLL on line one….. Jeesh… why isn’t this unemployed defensive lineman picking up his phone? Did someone tell him Jets on line one… oh.

  4. It wasn’t his fault they used a 1st round pick on him.. He was even surprised, knowing his grading was a 3rd, or 4th rounder

  5. mraccurate says:
    Jul 26, 2017 2:54 PM

    It wasn’t his fault they used a 1st round pick on him.. He was even surprised, knowing his grading was a 3rd, or 4th rounder
    I don’t want to wish anyone ill-will, but the way draft annnouncers overhype every pick almost makes it gratifying when bad picks are cut. I specifically remember NFL TV giving the Eagles an A+ grade for Smith, and thinking wait, what?…

  6. logicalvoicesays says:
    Jul 26, 2017 2:39 PM

    The Green doormat strikes again.

    From the guy who said, “Robert Griffin the 3rd is the greatest football player to ever live.”

  7. Chip Kelly revolutionized the NFL by showing teams how to not draft. Frank Gore even recognized the pain of playing for Chip Kelly and reneged.

  8. pewitttyler says:
    Jul 26, 2017 2:55 PM
    That 1.5 million dollar roster bonus he was due on the 3rd day of training camp makes the move less surprising

    That roster bonus was $594k. Smith’s total 2017 earnings with the bonus would have been @ $1.6m, depending on offset language the dead cap hit is @ $1m.

  9. Actually, Marcus Smith was a Howie Roseman fallback choice, not Chip Kelly’s choice. Kelly wanted to take Jordan Matthews at that slot.

    The drafting of Marcus Smith was a point of contention between Kelly and Roseman. It ultimately led to Roseman’s temporary banishment from the GM office, and started the downhill slide to Kelly’s dismissal.

  10. Is it really a surprise? He was due a roster bonus on 3rd day of camp. They’re saving 1.5 mil. Today eagles freed up about 4 mil in cap space. Hopefully they’re looking to bring in a solid cb.

  11. Former Eagles coach Chip Kelly liked Smith’s talent, but the current regime in Philadelphia has had no use for him.

    That’s simply not true, chip never let him see the field

  12. Easy to blame Chip for everything. I’m sure no one else took part in the decision.

  13. Bad timing, also a bad look to have skipped It as even if (possibly especially if) he know he was getting the axe.

  14. @ waynefontesismyfather says:
    Jul 26, 2017 3:29 PM

    Come have a cup of coffee in Detroit, show us what you can do.
    By the time you finish a small cup of coffee, Marcus will have shown you EVERYTHING he can do.

  15. @ jerrysglassescleaner says:
    Jul 26, 2017 4:48 PM

    Watch Andy Reid claim him and makes him a stud. Oh it would be so much fun to watch.
    Andy has his own issues with Vick as an intern and a high draft QB even though there’s a veteran…Kolb 2.0; Scott Mitchell 2.0; Nick Foles 2.0. AR will be looking for a reason to play Mahomes.

  16. go watch his college game play and then go watch his nfl game play. The guy is soft, has no aggression what so ever and doesnt put an effort into finishing his assignment. Imagine the movie Ace Ventura, the one where he gets those darts in his arms and starts to run rubber armed… that is what Smith does. He is a total waste of space and needs an attitude adjustment among many things to even make it as a back up on most teams.

  17. Smith was Roseman’s pick, not Chip’s. Yet Howie is somehow back and still employed there. Lurie has a blind spot for him that I’ll never understand.

  18. Marcus Smith has the same number of Super Bowl trophies as the Eagles organization.

  19. He was a bad pick from the start and had raked up sacks at Louisville because of a pretty decent defensive line and the defensive strategy of “just find a way to the QB”. That doesn’t work when you need a structured defensive strategy in the NFL.

  20. He is a 3-4 outside linebacker that looked less but thrilling in a 3-4 & as a 4-3 defensive end. The pick was head scratching and Benjamin should’ve been the pick. But nothing that could keep Chip around

  21. Interesting to see if the Vikings put in a waiver claim for him. They have need at LB – even off the bench – and the team did a heck of a lot of scouting of Louisville which led to them drafting Teddy Bridgewater in 2014.

  22. Let’s blame Chip because he’s not here to defend himself. Just like Andy Reid drafted a 26 yr old fireman…this story about Chip drafting him is garbage. If anyone believes this nonsense then go get your head examined for CTE. Howie is the problem and as long as he’s GM nothing will change.

  23. Do some research he had a big check coming at the start of training camp. Thats why hes gone now.

    I will say I think hes a much better player and more effective then people give him credit for. Philly just never gave him any playing time. He will never be worth a first but he could be an effective rotational player for someone.

  24. People defending Chip seem to forget Agholor has been the worst wr in nfl history. Plus Josh Huff isnt far behind in that race.

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