Eagles get great deal, trade Houston for linebacker DeMeco Ryans

The Philadelphia Eagles have gained a Pro Bowl caliber linebacker in DeMeco Ryans for the cost of a fourth round draft pick to the Houston Texans.

The deal seems to heavily favor the Eagles who needed a quality linebacker to add to their wide nine defensive scheme.

Ryans made the pro bowl in his rookie season in 2006, and has the Texans record in tackles with 636, according to USA Today.  Ryans was also a Captain for the Texans, a testament to his character both on and off the field.

“DeMeco is a proven Pro Bowl linebacker in this league and we’re excited to be able to plug him into the middle of our defense,” Eagles head coach Andy Reid said. “He’s been the signal caller and a leader on a very good Texans defense for the last several years. He’s a tough, instinctive football player and he’ll be a great fit for our team.”

The price to get him was just a fourth round draft pick, and a swap of third round draft picks bumping the Texans up 12 spots to the number 77 overall pick.

The benefit for the Texans, as reported by the Houston Chronicle, is that they free up approximately $9 million in cap space.  Ryans’ production was also significantly reduced with the defense moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips.

Ryans had 48 fewer tackles in 2011 than his previous years with the Texans because of the new system.  He was also taken out of the game every time a nickel package was being used significantly reducing his playing time.  The result was that the Texans felt they could part with Ryans who would do better under a 4-3 defense like the one in Philadelphia.

“This move was mutually beneficial for the Texans immediate and long-term goals, DeMeco’s career and the Eagles,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said.

If Ryans continues to play like he did in Houston then the trade is a steal for an Eagles defense that’s on the rise.

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