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Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers

Torrey Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball 59 yards for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals Torrey Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball 59 yards for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals
Eugene Bates | 10 March, 2018, 01:54

Wide receiver Torrey Smith's tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles will be ending after just one season.

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. But he was set to carry a $5 million cap hit into the 2018 season, while Worley's number stands at $670,000, according to Spotrac.

Smith, 29, had an inconsistent season for the Eagles.

Smith hauled in a 41-yard touchdown in the NFC Championship Game against the Vikings, then had five catches for 49 yards in Super Bowl LII. He had 36 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season but excelled in the playoffs. 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.

Daryl Worley of the Carolina Panthers celebrates an interception against the Minnesota Vikings
Daryl Worley of the Carolina Panthers celebrates an interception against the Minnesota Vikings

Around this time last offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles were considering their best options at wide receiver to provide Carson Wentz with better weapons to work with after seeing some of his struggles as a rookie in 2016. He played for West Virginia, where he was a teammate of Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas.

Worley will likely compete for a starting job across from Darby with Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones, and he should help improve a defense that ranked 17th against the pass in 2017.

The Eagles pass defense ranked 17th in the National Football League last season and are facing the possibility of losing Patrick Robinson to free agency.

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