Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Eagles acquire DeMeco Ryans, not Ray Lewis

First-round grade coming out of 'Bama.
The Eagles made it official.

Yes, they agreed to trade undisclosed draft picks for a middle linebacker.

Not just any middle linebacker, but DeMeco Ryans (6-1, 247), who made the Pro Bowl twice before rupturing an Achilles' tendon.

The Eagles agreed to give the Houston Texans a fourth-round pick for Ryans. They also swapped third-rounders, the Eagles getting the 87th overall pick, the Texans the 77th.

And sure, Ryans is a linebacker who can tackle when he's healthy.

Still, that injury should be reason to curb the enthusiasm a bit.

Players tend not to be the same after tearing Achilles' tendons. There are more Todd Pinkstons who never were all the way back than Demaryious Thomas' (Broncos). If I'm missing a Hall of Famer, by all means, comment.

Ryans must pass a physical on the Achilles he hurt in 2010 to consummate the deal.

That said, I understand your pain. Hopefully the Eagles still will consider moving up the board in the first round to select middle linebacker Luke Kuechely of Boston College. 


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