The Eagles have traded for Texans middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans in exchange for a fourth round draft pick. The two teams will also swap third round draft selections in April’s NFL Draft.
Ryans, who will turn 28-years-old in July, immediately becomes the Eagles’ most talented linebacker and should finally provide the team with the playmaker it so desperately needs at the position.
The former Pro Bowler is signed through the 2015 season at $6.5 million per season, but none of that money is guaranteed past the 2012 season.
The former Alabama standout suffered a difficult achilles injury that prematurely ended his 2010 season, but he returned last season to play well for Houston. Still, his play declined when the Texans moved a 3-4 base defense, making Ryans expendable.
Ryans recorded no less 112 tackles his first four seasons as a pro.
Though he will have to pass a physical on Wednesday to make the deal official, the immediate feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano calls Ryans a “great get” for the Eagles.
We’ll be back with more later as we break down how the move potentially alters the Eagles’ draft plans.