Thursday gifted the Eagles with a player looking for another chance. After a 4-12 season of mediocrity, the Eagles themselves need a mulligan. In a city such as Philly, they may not receive one. However, moves that remodel the roster, as this one does, will go far towards recreating wins.
The Philadelphia Eagles made another trade Thursday, sending Running Back Dion Lewis to the Cleveland Browns. In return, they took a flyer on former Texas Linebacker Sam Acho.
Acho was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL draft. He was an All-Big 12 selection following 26 games played at Texas. Acho ended his rookie season on Injured Reserve, as he hurt his knee in preseason action. His brother, Sam, plays for the Arizona Cardinals.
New Eagles’ Defensive Coordinator Billy Davis coached Acho last season. It is likely that this move was driven by Davis, having seen Acho last season. Acho adds a 3-4 Inside Linebacker to the depth chart.
Philadelphia sent RB Dion Lewis to Tom Heckert’s Browns in exchange. Lewis plummeted to the bottom of the depth chart in 2012. He lost his spot as the second-string Running Back to sixth round sensation Bryce Brown. With the talented Chris Polk serving as the third back, Lewis had no place in midnight green.
The move ads depth to the defense, and gives Acho a second chance. Howie Roseman capitalized on Dion Lewis’ value, as the situation in Philly made him expendable. The trade allows the Eagles to give Acho a look. Maybe he can become the next Evan Mathis and contribute significantly in 2013.