Not a surprise.
Smith’s departure is very unsurprising. The 2014 first round pick was due a roster bonus on the third day of training camp. By cutting Smith now, the Eagles save roughly $1.5 million in cap space. Add the $2.1 million the Eagles saved by cutting Barbre and that’s $3.6 million cleared in one day.
Smith obviously turned out to be huge bust for the Eagles. The No. 26 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft recorded 12 tackles and four sacks in 37 games played (zero starts) with Philadelphia.
Smith actually showed signs of being a competent NFL backup in 2016, but he wasn’t worth keeping around at his cap figure. It also seemed like Smith didn’t want to be in Philadelphia considering he skipped voluntary spring practices despite being on the roster bubble.
In any case, Smith is gone now. We won’t remember him fondly.
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