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Jordan Howard’s Eagles career is over after just nine games.

Howard, the Eagles’ leading rusher the first half of last season, agreed Tuesday to terms of a two-year contract with the Dolphins worth more than $10 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Dolphins ranked last in the NFL with 72 rushing yards per game last year and tied for last with the Jets with 3.1 yards per carry.

The Eagles acquired Howard from the Bears last year for a fifth-round draft pick, and he was off to a fast start through nine games, with 525 rushing yards, a 4.4 average and six touchdowns. He was the first Eagle running back with 500 yards, a 4.4 average and six or more TDs after nine games since LeSean McCoy in 2011.

But Howard suffered a shoulder injury — a stinger — in a game in early November against the Bears, his former team, and other than one snap in the season finale against the Giants, he never played again.

During his absence, rookie second-round pick Miles Sanders established himself as one of the NFL’s top young running backs and former practice squad player Boston Scott emerged as a viable option as well. 

Over the last nine weeks of the season, Sanders ran for 598 yards with a 5.2 average and had the eighth-most scrimmage yards in the league. And over the last four weeks, Scott netted 350 scrimmage yards in his first substantial career playing time.

Both are also on inexpensive rookie contracts — Sanders’ averages $1.3 million per year and Scott $615,000 — and as much as the Eagles valued Howard it simply made no sense to bring him back with a high salary now that Sanders has shown he can be a lead back.

 

Howard, only 25, has the third-most rushing yards in the NFL since he entered the league in 2016 with 3,895, trailing only Ezekiel Elliott (5,405) and Todd Gurley (4,298). His 30 rushing TDs are seventh-most in the league during that span.

Depending on where the final contract numbers come in, Howard will be one of the 12 highest-paid running backs in the league.

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