After spending one year with the Philadelphia Eagles, Jordan Howard agreed to a two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday.
At the time, the hope was that Howard would play well enough throughout the 2019 season to convince the Eagles to eventually sign him to a long-term deal, which appeared to be the case early on.
Unfortunately, a shoulder injury suffered by Howard early on in November took longer to recover than originally expected, resulting in the offense in relying more on Miles Sanders and Boston Scott down the stretch.
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As a result, it seemed like only a matter of time before Howard ended up elsewhere in free agency since Philadelphia would not only be just fine in the backfield without him, but also could use some of that money on other players at different positions.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Howard reached an agreement on a two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins worth around $10 million, leaving some Eagles fans wondering if the team should have reconsidered the move since this is clearly a favorable price.
But also, at the end of the day, Philadelphia’s offense showed down the stretch last season along with the playoffs just how effective the duo of Sanders and Scott can be.
And while it would have been great to have Howard part of the mix as well, the Eagles don’t want to see the other two miss out on opportunities due to a crowded backfield.
Philadelphia once again knew they had nothing to lose by acquiring Howard from Chicago since they basically gave up nothing in return, and while it would have been great to see better overall results on offense, the unit will still be just fine without him.
By joining the Dolphins, Howard will be in better position to see more action on offense while the Eagles will be able to provide more opportunities for their young duo in Sanders and Scott.
Plus, with plenty of great talent at the running back position in the upcoming draft, Philadelphia will be in position to add someone in the later rounds if needed, so Howard heading to Miami seems to work for both parties heading into 2020.