Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Eagles trade Torrey Smith to Panthers for Worley

Eagles trade Torrey Smith to Panthers for Worley

The roster purge has officially started.

Smith, who was set to provide a $5 million cap hit next season, was not expected to last on the Super Bowl champions for much longer.

After acquiring Michael Bennett on Wednesday from the Seattle Seahawks, general manager Howie Roseman began working toward financial freedom by dealing Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for cornerback Daryl Worley. Needing to shed salary ahead of next week's salary cap deadline, the Eagles have made their first move to cut payroll.

Worley, 23, is still on his rookie deal at the paltry number of $865,724 this year. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Worley, as he is a graduate of Philadelphia's Penn Charter High School, the same school that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan went to.

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Smith is 29 years old and coming off a decent 2017 season where he had 36 receptions, 430 yards, and two touchdowns. He also has some ties with the Eagles, having played at West Virginia University with Eagles wide receiver Shelton Gibson and running back Wendell Smallwood. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Worley adds another young cornerback to a crowded Eagles depth chart.

As a member of the Panthers, Smith will now get to catch passes from Cam Newton.

Smith is now a two-time Super Bowl victor with 4,951 yards and 39 touchdowns to his credit over the course of a seven-year National Football League career with the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Eagles. He has shown big-play ability with his speed to stretch the field vertically while be a reliable target in crucial moments.

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