Vinny Curry remains to be an interesting player going forward for the Eagles, considering there were original reports of the team releasing him, but now it seems like Philadelphia will try to find a trading partner for the defensive end, especially after the trade for Pro-Bowl DE Michael Bennett. He's also still on his rookie contract, so the Eagles are getting someone with a good deal of experience for a bargain price. This move also helps the cash-strapped Eagles save north of $4 million in cap room.
As for Smith, he was a key player for the Eagles in their Super Bowl run after a lackluster regular season (36 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns).
Smith will look to provide a big-play threat for Cam Newton and bolster a receiving corps that has struggled in recent season. That element was missing in 2017 following the free-agent departure of Ted Ginn. The Panthers will play the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field this year.
Philadelphia similarly traded a receiver for a corner last offseason when it sent Jordan Matthews to the Buffalo Bills for Ronald Darby.
In just his second season in the league last year, the 23-year-old Philadelphia native who attended William Penn Charter School recorded a pair of interceptions with 63 total tackles, a sack and 10 passes defended.
He will join a young corner group in Philadelphia that now includes Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas.
The move signals that the Eagles will be giving Mack Hollins a chance to start next season in Smith's spot.