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09 Mar 2018

Eagles, Panthers Swap T.Smith for D.Worley

The NFL's busiest offseason ever continues!

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade wide receiver Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for cornerback Daryl Worley.

Smith, who turned 29 in January, played just one season in Philadelphia, catching 36 passes for 430 yards in 16 games. His 11.9 yards per catch and two touchdowns were both career lows. He is due $5 million in 2018, and most figured he would have been cut before the 2018 season began.

Worley (not to be confused with Worly from the classic Nintendo game Tag Team Wrestling) turned 23 in February. A third-round draft pick in 2016, he started 25 of 31 games for Carolina in his first two seasons. According to Sports Info Solutions, he ranked 28th among qualifying cornerbacks with 6.4 yards allowed per pass last season, and 43rd with a 54 percent success rate (subscription required). His cap hit in the next two years will be about $1.8 million -- combined.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 09 Mar 2018

7 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2018, 10:52pm by jackiel


by theslothook :: Fri, 03/09/2018 - 5:03pm

I don't get this move for the Panthers at all.

by billprudden :: Fri, 03/09/2018 - 5:18pm

Getting that 8th guy out of the box in order to let Cam be Cam.

Besides, when have we seen Norv maximize the utility of a #2, speed, WR?

by Mike B. In Va :: Fri, 03/09/2018 - 6:00pm

I'm pretty sure Smith isn't going to do anything that Byrd wouldn't do for them for a lot less money.

Does Roseman have pics of the other GMs with a goat?

by BJR :: Fri, 03/09/2018 - 5:27pm

My knowledge of either player barely extends beyond the blurb written above, but on that basis alone the swap appears absurd from the Panthers POV.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 03/09/2018 - 5:33pm

I guess Cam missed having a really fast guy who probably won't catch the deep balls thrown to him?

Does Torrey have to put "GINN" on the back of his jersey?

by jtr :: Sat, 03/10/2018 - 11:06am

Smith's value is really going to tank if the rumors are true about putting a cap on defensive pass interference yardage. His main value came from running into a defender while not catching a deep ball and earning a 50 yard DPI.

by jackiel :: Sat, 03/10/2018 - 10:52pm

@MilkmanDanimal fantastic point. The fact that Ted Ginn has turned himself into a key receiving threat for multiple playoff teams is one of the more awesome under the radar stories in recent NFL history.

No one likes replacement-level veterans on expensive contracts more than Carolina GM Marty Hurney. The fact that he still has this fetish despite the clear financial benefits of investing in the draft due to the new CBA is pretty amusing.