Eagles acquire RB Jordan Howard in trade with Bears
After a lot of speculation over the last few months, the Chicago Bears have finally traded running back Jordan Howard. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to send a draft pick to Chicago in exchange for the back.
Bears trading RB Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 6th-round pick in 2020 that can become a 5th-round pick, league source tells ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 29, 2019
Howard was one half of a dynamic backfield in Chicago along with Tarik Cohen. These two backs helped take the pressure off quarterback Mitchell Trubisky leading to a surprisingly good season on both sides of the football last season.
Apparently, the Bears front office has been determined to trade Howard during this NFL offseason. NFL Insider Adam Caplan maps out how the team planned to go about making their moves at running back with the team moving forward with Cohen and newcomer Mike Davis.
#Bears made decision several weeks ago that they would do all they could to move Howard (on final year of rookie deal).
Mike Davis (who did well in increased role last season with SEA) and Tarik Cohen leading the way.
Davis seen as better fit for CHI offense than Howard.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 29, 2019
As for the Eagles, the addition of Howard is a step in the right direction as they’ve struggled to have stability at the running back position for quite some time. The 24-year-old gives Philadelphia a solid option in the backfield and will give quarterback Carson Wentz another weapon in the offense which could get back to being as dynamic as ever if he proves to be healthy to start the 2019 campaign.
Howard had his best season right out of the gate during his rookie campaign with 1,611 yards from scrimmage and seven total touchdowns. He earned Pro Bowl honors for his efforts and made a name for himself in Chicago and around the league as a result.
Last season, Howard started in 15 of the 16 games that he played for Chicago racking up 935 rushing yards to go along with nine touchdowns. The Indiana product also caught 20 passes for 145 receiving yards over the course of his third season in the NFL.