Eagles acquire Jordan Howard in trade with Bears

Eagles acquire Jordan Howard in trade with Bears

Remember earlier this week, when Howie Roseman basically told Eagles fans to relax about the running back position? 

Well, now we know why. 

The Eagles on Thursday evening traded a conditional late-round draft pick in 2020 to the Bears for former Pro Bowl running back Jordan Howard. 

The Eagles gave up a sixth-round pick that can turn into a fifth-rounder in 2020, a league source confirmed. ESPN first reported the terms. Definitely not a bad price to get a running back who will step in and immediately help the Eagles’ already-dynamic offense. 

And it also won’t cost the Eagles a ton of money either. Howard is owed a base salary of $2.025 million in 2019, the final year of his rookie contract. The Eagles came into the day with over $24 million in cap space.  

The connection to Howard has been pretty obvious for a while now for several reasons: 

1. The Eagles obviously needed more help at the running back position and Howard has rushed for over 3,300 yards in his first three NFL seasons. 

2. Eagles VP of player personnel Joe Douglas was the Bears’ director of college scouting for one season in 2015, the same year the Bears scouted Howard out of Indiana before they drafted him. The Eagles took Wendell Smallwood a few picks later. Douglas has been very influential in the acquisition of players since his arrival to the Eagles. 

3. By trading for Howard instead of signing a running back, he doesn’t count toward the Eagles’ compensatory pick formula. The Eagles are stockpiling draft picks to give their roster an infusion of young and cheap talent over the next few years and have been very strategic to not hurt themselves with that formula. 

So what are the Eagles getting in Howard? 

Well, he likely figures into the rotation as their primary runner on first and second downs. He hasn’t been a great receiver out of the backfield, but has put up really solid numbers as a rusher. He ran for 1,313 yards in his rookie season when he was named to the Pro Bowl. In 2017, he rushed for 1,122. And last year, he rushed for 935, but his yards-per-attempt average dropped to 3.7. 

Despite the clear drop-off in production last season, Howard is still third in the NFL in rushing yards since he entered the league in 2016. 

Ezekiel Elliott: 4,048
Todd Gurley: 3,441
Howard: 3,370

That’s not to say Howard, 24, is in their class. He definitely isn’t. And his yards per carry have dropped each year of his career. But Howard has proven to be a productive player in the league and if Doug Pederson can figure out how to use him correctly, the Eagles should be able to get more production out of him in 2019. He also excels in short-yardage situation, an area in which the Eagles needed to improve. 

And for the price, it’s a no-brainer. They got Howard for a full season for less than they got Jay Ajayi for half a year. 

I still think the Eagles would have been better off signing Mark Ingram or Tevin Coleman after seeing how reasonable their contracts were, but Howard is the best of the bargain bin. And the Eagles have made it clear they are looking for bargains at the running back position. 

But at least Howard is a clear improvement over what the Eagles had. He’ll join a running back group that still includes Corey Clement, Smallwood, Josh Adams and Boston Scott. And because they didn’t give up very much to get Howard and because he’s in the final year of his rookie contract, I still wouldn’t rule out the possibility of drafting one — perhaps even in the first few rounds — in about a month. 

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2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles don’t get a receiver in the first round

2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles don’t get a receiver in the first round

Everyone knows the Eagles are in need of receivers, but what happens if the top guys are all off the board? 

In his latest mock draft, Andrew Kulp explores that possibility. He has the top four receivers in the class going in the top 20, which leaves the Eagles to find a new strategy. 

So the Birds don’t get a top-notch receiver but they do get an athletic and versatile player at a clear position of need. 

Here’s the latest mock draft from Kulp: 

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles miss out on first-round receiver 


Terrell Owens makes it clear there’s no reconciliation coming with Donovan McNabb

Terrell Owens makes it clear there’s no reconciliation coming with Donovan McNabb

As a bunch of people try to figure out ways to stay in shape during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens offered his driveway sit-up routine that he made famous back in 2005. 

In a tweet on Monday, Owens tagged a bunch of celebrities in the post and included NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark, which lead to a lengthy interview on Tuesday. 

Of course, Clark had to bring up Owens’ response to one fan who asked why he didn’t tag Donovan McNabb in the workout tweet. 

Yeah, the gloves are off, but they’ve been off for a while. 

Here’s what Owens had to say: 

I’m just trying to have fun with the situation. I think everybody is aware of how … I wouldn’t say toxic, our relationship is, but at this point, it is what it is. I really considered him a friend, a teammate at one point in time. Over the years, I think the relationship has deteriorated to the point to where right now, I just don’t care anymore. I’ve tried to be the bigger person in a situation but then recent events, he came out and did an interview and started bringing up and rehashing certain things. In the back of my mind, I’m like ’this is what he really kind of thought about me the whole entire time.’ Now I’m like ‘the hell with it.’ I’m just gonna go with whatever flows at this point.

Owens, 46, brought up an interview McNabb gave a couple months ago to Bleacher Report in which he said Owens’ antics were a “major distraction” for the team.

When Clark brought up the idea that maybe he could get the two together on a Zoom call to hash all this out, Owens said, “Absolutely not.” 

So there you have it. 

Anyway, Owens shared his workout plan on Monday and then got into a little detail about the original driveway press conference during his interview with Clark: 

“I just tried to make light of a situation, especially being sent home from Lehigh where I was in training camp,” Owens said. “Andy Reid and I, we kind of bumped heads and we clashed a little bit and we had a disagreement about something. He told me to go home and then when he told me that, he goes, ‘make sure you stay in shape.’ So that was really the reason behind me bringing the ab bench out.”

Owens said he didn’t expect to arrive to his Moorestown, New Jersey, home and see a bunch of media members. But he thought about a way to poke fun of the situation and the impromptu press conference with his then-agent Drew Rosenhaus came to mind. 

And now 15 years later, it’s providing a little levity during a tough time. 

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