Sunday, August 7, 2011
Smith to visit with Giants early this week
By Mike Mazzeo
Steve Smith hasn’t re-signed with the Giants -- but he is heading to New York
The free agent wide receiver wrote on his Facebook page Sunday that he will be visiting with the Giants early this week.
“To clear up some rumors, i was NOT at practice today but i WILL be in NJ to meet with the giants this wk...” Smith wrote. “well see what happens from there !! thanks again for all the support and ill try my best to keep u all updated...”
"We're going to see where he is in the process," Smith's agent, Ben Dogra, told the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger. "The good news is we have time. If Steve goes back to the Giants, he knows the playbook, so there wouldn't be any issues there."
"That first wave of free agency is over, so we'll take a step back here and see what teams have an interest in a Pro Bowl wide receiver in his prime," Dogra continued. "Maybe I'm partial here, but I would think somebody would be."
According to the Ledger, Smith doesn’t have any other visits scheduled at this time.
Smith is coming off a knee injury that cut his 2010 season short, and will not be ready in time for the start of the 2011 campaign. His visit with the Giants should include a visit with team doctors, who will see how he feels physically.
He set the franchise record for single-season receptions with 107 in 2009.
Smith became a valuable asset to Eli Manning on third downs and short yardage situations, given his talent in the slot.
Domenik Hixon and Victor Cruz have emerged as the favorites to begin the season as the Giants’ third receiver.
“I wish i had news for u guys btw.. u all keep asking and i appreciate so much that u care but i just dont have anything for u unfortunately..” Smith wrote Friday. “all i can do is continue to work out hard every single day and trust that my agent does his job !!!!”
GM Jerry Reese is looking to sign Smith to a short-term contract so that he can re-establish his value.