The Philadelphia Eagles made the biggest decision facing them already this offseason when they decided to go with Carson Wentz as their starting quarterback over Nick Foles, allowing the Super Bowl winning quarterback to join the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now, the Eagles decided to go out and get some reinforcements for Wentz in the offensive backfield.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Philadelphia worked out a deal with the Chicago Bears to acquire former Pro Bowl running back Jordan Howard. The price tag on the 24-year-old Howard is relatively cheap — the Eagles will send a sixth round draft pick to the Windy City, one that could potentially become a fifth round selection.
It’s not a huge surprise that Chicago would move Howard, who was sometimes up-and-down for the team. It also didn’t help Howard’s cause that the Bears had the explosive Tarik Cohen and signed Mike Davis this offseason.
As for Philly, this is a big boost, as the team rotated its running backs heavily last season. Jay Ajayi is a free agent, Darren Sproles might retire, Josh Adams was more of a battering ram in short yardage situations than anything, and Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood might not be every down backs. For a relatively low price, perhaps Howard can solve this issue for Philly — the former Indiana University standout toted the rock 250 times for 935 yards and nine touchdowns this year. Prior to that, Howard rushed for more than 1,100 yards in each of his first two years.