Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Why DeMeco Ryans was available

Says Ryans deal 'a win-win.'
The Eagles saw opportunity, not red flags when they realized they would be able to land a guy who made two Pro Bowls before his injury for basically a fourth-round pick.

Then again, if those cap problems the Texans are having are so acute, why didn’t the Birds just wait for Ryans to get released?

Clearly they sensed there would be a bidding war for a guy they also would have to pay $5.8 million this season – the most, by the way, they’ve ever paid a middle linebacker.

“You go back and you say, scheme change,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “That’s a pretty big factor right there. Then you look at their team situation and try to figure out what they’re trying to do. They’ve got a lot of good players on their team they’re trying to keep. And obviously with the salary cap you can’t keep everyone. Now they’ve got an opportunity to get good value for a good player and maybe it makes sense for both teams. That’s why we went in this direction. Those are the best trades. It may not be perfect in terms of what you give up or what they get but you both feel like you’re hitting some things that make it a win-win.”


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