Report: Eagles trade Torrey Smith to Panthers

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The Eagles have reportedly made their second trade of the week.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that they have agreed to trade wide receiver Torrey Smith to the Panthers. The Eagles will get back cornerback Daryl Worley as compensation in a deal that can’t be officially consummated until March 14.

Smith signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Eagles as a free agent last offseason, but the emergence of other receivers, a lack of guaranteed money and a tight cap situation pointed to his departure this month. Trading him for Worley clears over $4 million in cap space as Worley is still on the rookie deal he signed as a 2016 third-round pick.

It also gives the Eagles, who also traded for defensive end Michael Bennett this week, further insurance against the potential loss of Patrick Robinson in free agency. Worley started 14 games for Carolina last season and had a pair of interceptions.

The Panthers were expected to add to a wide receiver group fronted by Devin Funchess and 2017 second-round pick Curtis Samuel and Smith has been a deep threat throughout his career. That would seem to make him a fit for what Norv Turner has traditionally liked in the passing game and he’ll be joining the Panthers next week as long as nothing forces the teams to reconsider the deal over the next few days.

54 responses to “Report: Eagles trade Torrey Smith to Panthers

  1. Howie isn’t playing around. He’s playing Chess while Bellichick is playing checkers.

  2. Howie is playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers. Gets a 23 yo CB with good size for a guy who was getting cut next week anyway. Instant cap relief.

  3. Smith did get open quite a bit, so he still has gas left in the tank and can still stretch the field. Drops are what hurts his value, but he did come through just enough for the birds. Good luck Torrey!…love this trade, how about howie!

  4. Thank you for the hard work this year Torrey. Now for Worley…. I don’t know much about him unless it’s on Madden,but I believe he’s not a big name,not a bad name,but a serviceable DB who can grow with his youth in philly and the coaching we have he should do fine. Good trade for both sides.

  5. Is it just me, or does all these trades give me deja vu on how Ruben Amaro Jr ran the Phillies to the ground?

  6. Guess who’s back, back again
    Marty’s’s back, tell a friend

    Just when you think he’s learned from past mistakes…throws a ton of cash at a kicker, then trades for a guy that had 4 drops in 64 targets (would have led been tied for team lead with J-Stew)

    Cam remember this offseason…this is when the org pisses away your prime.

  7. Eagles not satisfied , meanwhile Jerrah holds court in Dallas during happy hour while not doing one thing to improve the team

  8. LoL obviously the panthers do not view worley as a starting CB or they wouldn’t have traded him for the 4th WR on your depth chart. you eagles fans are starting to sound like Pats fans

    southforidaslayer says:
    March 9, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    Howie roseman is exceptional at trades I don’t understand how you get any kind of value for a player like Torrey smith let alone a starting Corner back

  9. Now that’s a good trade! Much bigger fan of this trade than the Bennett trade! Get a younger player and shave $4 million off the salary cap = great trade by Howie Roseman!

  10. I love love love what Howie is doing, he is playing 3 chess tables while other GM’s are playing checkers. Keep at it Howie win us a second Super Bowl.

  11. He is from Philly – played high school ball at Penn Charter.

    Matt Meier says:
    March 9, 2018 at 1:55 pm
    What do you mean “back to Philly”? His only two seasons in the league were in Carolina

  12. Matt Meier says:
    March 9, 2018 at 1:55 pm
    What do you mean “back to Philly”? His only two seasons in the league were in Carolina.

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    He grew up in Philly.

  13. This trade tells me those rumors of the Eagles dealing Darby just might be real. I think dealing Darby would be a mistake unless the Eagles are certain Sidney Jones can fill his shoes.

  14. Torrey smith has speed, but awful hands. Maybe he’ll do well in Carolina, Ted Ginn Jr seemed to do decent only in New Orleans & Carolina, maybe Torrey can do decent in Carolina

  15. feckyerlife says:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm
    LoL obviously the panthers do not view worley as a starting CB or they wouldn’t have traded him for the 4th WR on your depth chart. you eagles fans are starting to sound like Pats fans

    southforidaslayer says:
    March 9, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    Howie roseman is exceptional at trades I don’t understand how you get any kind of value for a player like Torrey smith let alone a starting Corner back

    First of all Southfloridaslayer isnt a Birds fan. Second Worley started 25 of 31 games he has played in. that is by definition a starting CB.

  16. Torrey Smith was great in the postseason but he was lousy through most of the regular season! Stone hands! That Howie got anything of value for him shows why he was executive of the year. Amazing GM!

  17. how many times are we going to see chess / checkers mentioned ? is it the same troll w/ multiple accounts haha

  18. “First of all Southfloridaslayer isnt a Birds fan. Second Worley started 25 of 31 games he has played in. that is by definition a starting CB”

    Yes, Worley was a starter for the Panthers but was one of the week links in the secondary. This almost guarantees that the Panthers draft a CB in the first round barring another move or free agent signing.

  19. Howie isn’t playing around. He’s playing Chess while Bellichick is playing checkers.
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    Cute. A few years ago Howie was playing unemployed in favor of Chip Kelly. Let’s pump the brakes a bit here with the Eagles claiming to be the next dynasty and Howie already being enshrined in the HoF. We’ve seen better teams fall apart a year after winning the SB (see Seahawks, Seattle). Philly had a great year and Howie made some good moves. Is it sustainable in the long-term, that’s the real question.

  20. saveusterrelldavis says:
    March 9, 2018 at 1:42 pm
    He will fill the Ted Ginn run real fast and drop the ball role perfectly!
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    Yeah, and at least double the salary.

  21. No I think Howie is playing Monopoly while others are playing hopscotch…no wait Howie is playing Cards Against Humanity while everyone plays Trivial Pursuit?….let it go folks he is doing a nice job lets not oversell this okay?

  22. feckyerlife says:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    LoL obviously the panthers do not view worley as a starting CB or they wouldn’t have traded him for the 4th WR on your depth chart. you eagles fans are starting to sound like Pats fans

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    Yeah, um, he won’t be starting in Philadelphia…

  23. It was a nice move by Howie – but like a few have stated above, lets slow our roll on the dynasty and chess references. He’s clearly a very good GM, but its pretty arrogant for us to state that we are ‘running circles around Belichek’. Until we have 3 or more SB’s in the next 5-7 years, then this statement is just ridiculous in and of itself.

    As for the trade – glad to see they got something for Torrey. Great guy, great locker room presence. He stretches the field well and draws good PI penalties from the opposition. If he can avoid the drops then he is a solid pickup for Carolina. As for the guy the Eagles get, he’s clearly a depth piece. They value significant depth in the secondary – it clearly paid off this past year.

  24. Moves like this are why Hurney was fired the first time. Give up a young improving defensive back for a grossly overpriced declining WR. His next move is probably gonna be signing Torrey to a 4 year extension with a no trade clause.

    Remember when Marty Hurney traded a 1st rd pick to draft Everette Brown in the 2nd rd? Apparently nobody in the Panthers front office did when they bent over backwards to hand him this job on a silver platter.

  25. I like this trade too! I have been anEagles fan for 58 years and have enjoyed so many great moments and this Super Bowl win BUT someone said “Let’s pump the breaks on Howie etc.” and I totally agree with that logic. I am big time Eagles fan that believes they are really good but the above advice BY blessedunliketherest is very well stated!
    FYI; My youngest son is very good friends with Daryl Worley and Daryl is a great young man!
    Another fyi: Daryl Worley is from Philadelphia hence the “back to Philly” comment.

  26. Torrey came up big when he had to, Lots of 3rd downs and TDs, Leader presence. Defenses had to respect his speed. I’d say it’s a win-win. I just hope the Birds bring somebody in who can stretch the field. Philly! Philly!

  27. I don’t pretend to know anything about Worley, but I suppose it’s good to get anything for Smith since they weren’t going to pick up his option anyway. But as Eagles fans, lets not pretend Torrey Smith didn’t help us this year. Yes he dropped some balls, but he also had his share of big plays down the stretch when it mattered. Everyone just assumes that they’ll just plug in Mack Hollins and not miss a beat. While they improved their cap situation, I’m not ready to say this makes them better as a team. There’s a reason Smith started ahead of Hollins this year. He was a great locker room guy & leader and he still has the speed to stretch the field. He’ll be missed.

    Thank you Torrey Smith for coming up big for us when we needed it and helping us win our first Super Bowl! Best of luck in Carolina!

  28. Torrey was pretty awful during the season, but figured out how to catch a bit in the post-season and was def a piece to the puzzle to winning it all…BUT..moving him in some capacity was expected, and now that we have seen the MASSIVE Mike Evans contract the WR market is going to go at an absurd premium so this was probably a smart trade for the panthers.

  29. pantherfan4life says:
    March 9, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Looks like a win – win. Smith still has some gas in the tank and Worley has some upside.

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    Nope – the Panthers got hosed on this deal. Smith had a bad year in Philly, is getting older, and counted too much against the cap.

  30. I’m a big eagles fan, but seriously this is just a salary dump. They picked up some young kid that may get cut in training camp, but so what if he does? We cleared 4 million off the books, and it had to be done to get under the cap. The move isn’t genius, it’s just what had to happen. Not a big deal.

  31. Good move Philly! Smith was AWOL in the SB. Cut that salary, find other speed receivers who can catch for less money. Philly is doing what Seattle didn’t do…getting STRONGER. Lookout NE, Philly has YOUR number!

  32. Catch everything, and you get Jarvis Landry money. Drop half of them and you move around from team to team. Smith is fast, and a nice person, so he’ll never have trouble finding a job. Again.

  33. mysportsrumors says:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:23 pm
    how many times are we going to see chess / checkers mentioned ? is it the same troll w/ multiple accounts haha

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    I know, right? I don’t think you could find two people in philly that know how to play chess.

  34. Torrey Smith made some big contributions to the Eagles in the playoffs. I agree with the decision to unload him but he definitely earned his Super Bowl ring.

  35. God Howie is a genius. He took a guy everyone knew was getting cut and turned him into a promising young cb. Yes Worley isnt great but he fits perfect. Eagles have a bunch of young cbs in there 2nd 3rd or 4th year. He doesnt no who to pay and who to keep. So going out n getting him lets them better see who to keep. Now to makes decisions on Mills n Darby that much easier. The kid has starting expierence too. He was the Panthers best DB and can improve the Eagles depth and maybe more. And they got him for NOTHING. AMAZING.

  36. eagles19804 says:
    March 9, 2018 at 3:18 pm
    Torrey came up big when he had to, Lots of 3rd downs and TDs, Leader presence. Defenses had to respect his speed. I’d say it’s a win-win. I just hope the Birds bring somebody in who can stretch the field. Philly! Philly

    Mack Hollins was 1 of the best deep threats in NCAA history. His YPC was Amazing. The kid is really good. He made a play everytime he played this year n was always open. He will start n will be a solid 2.

  37. Torreys goodbye message on twitter really showed the team chemistry from the inside! These guys love and play their hearts out, lay their bodies on the line for their teamates!
    Good luck Torrey!

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