On Tuesday, former Mizzou quarterback Brad Smith signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith was released by the Buffalo Bills on Friday, after missing the entire regular season up to this point due to a rib injury sustained in the Bills’ final preseason game.
After setting the all-time career rushing yards and total yards records for Mizzou, Smith was drafted by the New York Jets. He spent five years in New York, and was a very versatile player for the Jets. This led him to become the only player in NFL history to score touchdowns by kickoff return, reception, rush, blocked punt return, and throwing a pass. He was used in Wildcat situations as the quarterback, as well as being a fairly useful wide receiver.
Smith signed a four year, $15 million contract with the Bills in July 2011. Buffalo hoped to use him in the same manner as he was used for the Jets. However, Smith wasn’t very effective during his first season as a Bill. He passed only twice and ran it only 34 times with the Bills. After spending this season on injured reserve, the Bills decided to release Smith. After he passed a physical, Philadelphia then signed him. A versatile and athletic player like Smith should fit very well into Chip Kelly’s system in Philly.