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Philadelphia Eagles Complete Trade for Pro-Bowl Linebacker DeMeco Ryans

Welcome to Philly, DeMeco!

Well, Philadelphia can stop wondering what will happen at linebacker next season.

Instead of finding an answer through free agency, the Eagles have completed a trade with the Houston Texans for Pro-Bowl middle linebacker, DeMeco Ryans.


The final deal that Philadelphia worked out is — the Eagles third and fourth rounders in exchange for Ryans and the Texans third rounder.

Ryans had 64 tackles and one forced fumble last season. The main reason the Texans were willing to trade the former Pro-Bowler is because he is best suited for a 4-3 defense, as opposed to the 3-4 that Wade Philips is now running in Houston. Ryans, pending a physical, will be with the team and fill in as the starter from day one.

There is no doubt that linebacker was the Eagles biggest need this off-season, and after being quiet in free agency, fans were beginning to wonder if the team would address the void. And, needless to say, Ryans was worth the wait. Philadelphia has not only picked up an amazing quality defender, but also a leader that can drive the younger players on the team — something that was lacking last season.

Pending a physical, Ryans will be with the team at the start of next season.

Despite trading for a Pro-Bowl linebacker, it can still be considered a need on the Eagles. With the middle addressed, Philadelphia still has at least one outside position to fill to flush out the defense. Hopefully, this need will be addressed through the draft. But for the time being, Philadelphia can celebrate!

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3 Responses to “Philadelphia Eagles Complete Trade for Pro-Bowl Linebacker DeMeco Ryans”

  1. tval says:

    great freakn news!! ever since last yr @ bama then he was somehow drafted a full round after aj hawks bust ( im from columbus) behind ive been a huge demeco advocate! now if we can replace another bummy buckeye…kurt coleman!!

  2. tval says:

    i was hoping fletcher or tulloch…but demeco for what 3rd or 4th rounder?? howie had a gun & a mask…if he plays near all season this is the steal of the spring and philly wins the east…guaranteed!!! im as or more excited for this thn nnamdi last season..nnamdis irrelevant if hes over compensating for garbage “middle defenders” i.e. mlbs, safeties! said that all last season…on top of new scheme of course there r struggles…now with coach on field…with more talent than any eagle lb since seth joyner…hes been a moss n oaklandesque sleeper on houstons d…yeah lets go now!!

    • Troy Ballard says:

      Ryans is a three-down LB that is AMAZING.

      If he really is 100% back from his achilles injury, then the Eagles have picked up an amazing player for almost nothing!

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