Eagles trade for a lead running back, getting Jordan Howard from Bears
The Philadelphia Eagles might have found the answer to their needs at running back after trading for the Chicago Bears' Jordan Howard on Thursday night.
The Eagles sent the Bears a 2020 sixth-round draft pick that could become a fifth-rounder.
Howard had rushed for at least 1,000 yards in his first two seasons, finishing second in yards in the NFL as a rookie with 1,313 in 2016. He also had 1,122 yards in 2017 before getting 935 last season.
But Howard's yards per carry decreased each season, going from 5.2 in 2016 to 4.1 to 3.7 last season. The Bears seemed more enamored with Tarik Cohen at running back because of his ability to catch passes out of the backfield.
Howard has done this, too, ranging from 20 to 29 catches each season.
Howard, who's 6-0, 224 pounds, is expected to be the Eagles' lead back, although Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams should also get their share of touches.
It's not a surprise that the Eagles went after Howard. Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas was the Bears' head college scout when they drafted Howard in the fifth round in 2016 out of Indiana. Howard, at No. 150 overall, went three spots before the Eagles took Smallwood.
Howard is entering the final season of his rookie contract.
But for now, the trade won't force the Eagles to draft a running back with one of their three picks in the first and second round in the NFL draft next month.