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Schefter: Smith open to a Giants reunion

11/20/2011

Steve Smith said he has no regrets as he returns to East Rutherford for the first time as the enemy after signing with the Eagles.

But ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter says Smith is open to a reunion with the Giants next season.

“Don’t be surprised if he also returns there next season,” Schefter reported on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown on Sunday morning. “Sources close to Smith say he is open to returning to the Giants next season once his contract expires after this year.”

“We know that Eli Manning has a very comfortable relationship with Steve Smith,” Schefter continued. “Mario Manningham also is a free agent and there’s a chance that Steve Smith could wind up back in New York with the Giants.”

Victor Cruz has emerged into a trusted playmaker with Smith gone. If Smith were to return, Cruz could play more on the outside with Smith in the slot where Manning was comfortable with Smith.

Smith, who is trying to regain his form after undergoing microfracture surgery last December, has 10 receptions for 110 yards this season. He is coming off his best game with five receptions for 47 yards and could see more snaps tonight against the Giants with Jeremy Maclin out.

Smith signed with the Eagles in free agency to a one-year deal worth up to over $3 million, with $2 million guaranteed.