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Eagles: 3 running backs they could trade for

Eliot Shorr-Parks
March 14, 2019 - 5:30 am

The offseason is officially one day old and already fans are panicking about the team’s plans at running back, especially with both Le’Veon Bell and Tevin Coleman now both off of the market. 

Although there are still some solid options still available, such as T.J. Yeldon, there is no denying that Bell and Coleman were the two best players available. It is hard to imagine that the Eagles would have passed on both without top personnel executive Howie Roseman having a backup plan. 

If Roseman is going to make a trade for a running back, here are the three options that seem mostly likely:

Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears: Jordan makes sense for the Eagles in multiple ways, and has a major fan in the Eagles’ front office in Joe Douglas. Douglas played a large role in the Chicago Bears drafting Jordan in 2016. Since then, Jordan has 850 total touches over three seasons for a total of 3,938 yards and 25 total touchdowns. At one point Jordan looked like he was going to be one of the next great young running backs in the NFL. Last season, however, his total touches were the lowest of his career, a sign that the Bears could be willing to move on from him. Still, Howard put up 935 yards and nine touchdowns on 250 carries -- numbers very comparable to what David Johnson put up in Arizona last season. 

Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns: Johnson has been an extremely productive and versatile running back since entering the NFL four seasons ago. Through his first four years in the NFL, Johnson has 534 total touches for 3,456 yards and 13 touchdowns. His best season in the NFL came in 2017, when he totaled 1,041 yards on 156 touches and seven touchdowns. What would likely make Johnson an attractive player for the Eagles is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Johnson is averaging 9.2 yards on 235 catches in his career, with a catch of a least 30 yards in each of his four seasons. Considering the Browns have added Kareem Hunt this offseason, Johnson is likely available, and it wouldn’t be surprising if this is the running back Roseman has in mind. 

LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills: With DeSean Jackson back in the fold, the idea of bringing back McCoy as well has been on every fan’s mind. One sign the Bills might be willing to move on is the addition of running back Frank Gore this offseason. Gore, however, said on NFL Network that one of the main reasons he went to Buffalo was to play with McCoy, who asked him to come. It sounds like both McCoy and Gore are in the Bills’ plans. Still, the Eagles have been interested in McCoy in the past, and a reunion should not be ruled out. 

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