This Genard Avery thing never worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Many of you probably won’t remember this now, but once upon a time, the Philadelphia Eagles turned heads by trading for Genard Avery right at the 2019 season’s trade deadline. It wasn’t a splash signing. Truthfully much of the Birds fan base didn’t even know who Genard Avery was, but it was kind of cool that Cleveland Browns fans seemed pretty peeved that they had lost a decent player.
Fast forward, and though Birds fans thought they might be taking advantage of the Browns again (after all, this is the team that handed them Donovan McNabb and Carson Wentz), so far, Avery’s addition hasn’t meant much. He’s appeared in 19 games with no starts. He’s racked up 12 total tackles and two sacks.
Now, it appears that, even though he’s still listed as a defensive end on the Eagles’ official team roster, there are plans to move him over to play the linebacker position. Seriously? How many chances does this guy get? Philly would b better suited to see what guys like Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley can develop into at the second level, and even if Philly did decide to keep him at defensive end, Derek Barnett, Ryan Kerrigan, Josh Sweat, and even the rookie, Tarron Jackson, all seem like better options.
What’s that? You’re wondering what the Browns turned that selection they acquired into? Well, in the end, they got an offensive lineman, Toledo’s James Hudson, in the fourth round of the most recent NFL Draft. It will be interesting to see what he and Avery develop into going forward.