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.
Eagles finally getting that LB they’ve been searching for as they have agreed to a trade w Houston for pro bowl LB DeMeco Ryans
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 20, 2012
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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