A week ago, when Philadelphia Eagles traded a sand hammer for the former Chicago swords that headed back to Jordan Howard, they immediately improved what was (generously) five base group of NFLs. which should help the Eagles considerably in specialized areas such as the Red Zone and in short terms. Also, although it is not his role (nor is he), he is also probably a better hunting player than he is given credit, and he is healthy in protecting the passes. the jogging position as they still need a trusted player who can catch the ball from the background.
The player who was reported to be on the Eagles' radar for most of the off-season is Browns, who runs back Duke Johnson, initially in early March, and then again earlier this week. According to Mary Kay Cabot from Cleveland.com, Johnson wants to be traded, and again, the Eagles have been announced as a team that at one point reached him for acquisition.
Jets, Texans, and Eagles have been interested in Johnson since the Browns signed Kareem Hunt in February, a source from the league said. The other teams also consulted.
Howard's acquisition should not make Eagles less interested in Johnson, as he brings a completely different set of skills to the table. As we have noted Johnson would have adapted himself to the Eagles' crime, and I see improvement in what Darren Sproles gave the birds to the crime.
On the weekend, Sproles indicated that it was his decision whether he would return with the team or not, as in, if he wants to come back, the eagles will return it. This seems crazy given that Sproles has missed 23 regular season games (26 including playoffs) over the past two seasons, and 36 in June. He is a type of player who should be seen as the last resort, unlike a viable part of the Super Bowl contender plan. Johnson, on the other hand, is only 25, and he will have a nice * contract after the trade. At just under 300 careers (about 75 per season), Johnson escaped to 4.3 yards for his career with Browns in what was (above all) a terrible crime.
But is Johnson not another player like Cory Clement?
I think not. While Clement certainly had some great moments during the Eagles' Super Bowl, he regressed in the second season with the team, even though he was dealing with some injuries. Still, even if it came out of the Super Bowl, it would be wise for Eagles not to overestimate a small sample size. Yes, Clement made a big catch in Super Bowl, but has 32 catches in 27 regular games. Johnson has 235 catches in 64 games. This is 1.2 game gaming vs. 3.7 for the game. Johnson is a much more successful and experienced hunter in the background.
In addition, Clement could recover from serious injury. Buried deep in paragraph 19 in a piece for Howard, Daily News reports that Clement broke the ACL. My emphasis:
Howard, entering the last season of his contract for a rookie, said he had not spoken to any coaches about his role. This year the Eagles could still get out. They have Cory Clement, who restores the torn ACL 2018 casual rookie Josh Adams and Smallwood. All the more, Doug Peterserson's crime will never accumulate.
PhillyVoice reached out to the eagles, but neither confirmed nor denied Bowen's note about Clement. (To note, they usually deny something like this if they were in their favor, as would be the case for leverage if they really talk actively with other teams to add reinforcements.)
Owners' Meetings in Phoenix last week, both Howie Rosemann and Doug Peterserson noted that the three congestion they played in Super Bowl were added after the 2017 project. Just for fun, here were their quotes: "The three players who played in Super Bowl were all we got after the 2017 project . "He said Rosmayn last Tuesday. "Well, we won the Super Bowl with three boys we got after the project," Pederson repeated the next morning.
Cool. This may be true, but that does not make it a good idea, and certainly the eagles fully understand it. Meanwhile, Browns say that they "value" Johnson, and that they will not betray it only:
Yes, well, except that Browns sign the replacement of Johnson in Karim Hunt, and the General manager John Dorsi already trades with a boat of former regime players, including Emmanuel Obah, Kevin Zieter, Jabril Peppers, Carlos Hidd, Josh Gordon, Cory Coleman Taylor, Kevin Hogan, Cody Kessler, Jason McCurti, DeSynne Kisher, and Dani Shelton. While the situation of Johnson is perhaps a little different in that Dorsey has given him a contract to continue the contract last in the off season, it is still quite clear that he is not in the long term team plans.
The eagles are not stupid. They know that Johnson may have and probably at a low price. And conversely, Brown is also not stupid, and they can very clearly see that the best options for getting eagles from the background are 36-year-olds who can not stay healthy and a recently unplanned free agent who may have been torn off.
Of course, the eagles can take out a man of a poor class that moves back in the 2019 project. However, despite the notion that they have won Super Bowl with three boys after the 2017 project, is to fill holes with competent veterans before the project, allowing them to be faithful on board and not having to reach positional needs.
A mistake that moves back remains a considerable need, and although the trade for Johnson should not prohibit the continuation of the position in the project, this would help to harden what is now a pretty bright hole.
Johnson's "tasty" sentence Some people disagree, referring to the fact that he is currently the eleventh highest-paid RB in the league, in terms of AAV, at $ 5,203,333 / year Ohnson signed a three-year, $ 15.6 million contract with Browns last season, amounting to $ 5.2 million ($ 19.5 million) for season. However, if he traded, his salary in the next three seasons with his new team would have been $ 1.8 million in 2019, $ 3.6 million in 2020, and $ 4.65 million in 2021 with $ 500,000 of bonuses that he will receive each year. while working and remaining on the list. I also understand that the eagles can also release it without punishment at any time after they have sold it.
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