Any trade in the NFL can reap reward. No matter blockbuster, or under-the-radar, deals can shift cultures. This latest deal marks the changing of the guard on offense.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded away FB Stanley Havili to Indianapolis in exchange for DE Clifton Geathers. Geathers, a journeyman, will play the “five technique,” and man the 3-4 end position.
At 6-7, 325 lbs, Geathers is the third-tallest defensive lineman in the NFL. He was drafted unceremoniously in the sixth round of the 2010 draft by Cleveland. The South Carolina product has played for five teams prior to arriving in Philly.
Geathers was charged for an incident in a night club back in college. Coach Steve Spurrier was forced to suspend him shortly after. The legal issue pushed Geathers to the bottom of the draft pool.
The move to trade Stan Havili shows the nuances inhabiting the NFL. Chip Kelly will use James Casey in occasional fullback roles. Most plays will consist of single-back situations. Even last season, Havili played fewer snaps than fifth receiver Damaris Johnson. Chip Kelly will reduce the FB snap count, making Havili expendable.
The Eagles gained athleticism, depth, and potential in Clifton Geathers. In truth, the deal was to get something in return of a player of excess. The move alters the offensive mindset of the NFL in the future.