Report: Texans trading DeMeco Ryans to the Eagles

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John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans have agreed to send linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Eagles in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice.

The deal hinges on Ryans passing a physical Wednesday at Eagles headquarters.

Per FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, the draft pick Houston acquires for Ryans will be a “mid-rounder.”

The Eagles must not have been particularly high on what is at least perceived to be a deep free-agent inside linebacker market. They’re willing to surrender the pick, plus pick up Ryans’ remaining base salaries of $5.9 million (2012), $6.6 million (2013), and $6.8 million (2014-2015).

Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne, and London Fletcher remain available in free agency.

UPDATE 8:00 pm. ET: The Eagles announced the deal on Tuesday evening, and they gave up a fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft in exchange for Ryans. The Eagles and Texans also swapped 2012 third-round picks.

112 responses to “Report: Texans trading DeMeco Ryans to the Eagles

  1. I just get done bashing Reid for going out of his away to avoid addressing LB, and he addresses it. You better hope he passes that physical Reid, or you would have got me excited for nothing. 😛

  2. No doubt its a move by the Texans to make more cap space, the Eagles are getting not only a good player but a good guy!

  3. A bit much in salary for a guy who’s been hurt for the past 2 seasons. If he’s healthy, really good pickup.

  4. as a giants fan, i can see this being a good move for the eagles. ryans was very productive earlier in his career as a texan and in philly he could bring back memories jonathan vilma (good 4-3 mlb lost in a shuffle to 3-4) and find a second career with his new team. now we’ll see if he’s worth that hefty price tag..

  5. Front office made a common sense move, that Eagles fans have been begging for. It’s sad when the “common sense” move is rare & surprising. But good move.

  6. Gold Standard…actually if it’s a 4th or 5th rounder for a former All Pro who’s still young maybe Roseman and Banner have a clue this year……

  7. i don’t think anyone saw this coming… so who do you think the birds will go after in the draft?? My guess is Mark Barron — rangey, solid tackling, prototypical build to compete with tight ends

  8. Anytime a team trades a solid player it raises major red flags.

    Hey Houston fans… whats up with the trade? Why no love for Ryans?

  9. I like the move, even though it seems like a high risk/reward after a season ending Achilles injury in 2010. Conversely, he started every game for the Texans last year in a new role (3-4 backer), with Wade Phillps as the new D.C.

    He’s a very solid player that had over 110 tackles in 4 years as a 4-3 MLB & had 54 tackles through 6 games in 2010.

    This really is exactly what the Eagles need. A proven, consistent tackler at possibly their weakest position last year. I will toast to his health tonight!

  10. He must be more damaged than the Texans originally thought to only take a mid round pick for him. He was great before he got hurt.

    Looks like Dream Team 2.0 is beginning to build for another steamrolling of the NFL!!1!

  11. good move by the Texans. Ryans was not an ILB with Wade Phillips 3-4 and Ryan’s production was not up to par with his salary

  12. Mmmm…he isn’t over the hill,him and Mario were theyre two best defenders..be careful.they were just at the bottom of the league a few years ago in total D

  13. Love this move by the birds! Very good player, I hope we finally have the player we’ve needed in the middle for so many years

  14. I love Rick Smith’s thought process here. One playoff appearance and let’s blow the whole damn thing up.

    Even though Demeco didn’t really find his stride until the second half of the season and was a pass liability, dude still made plays around the line of scrimmage. Tough to see him go.

    Guess we’re back to being the Texans everyone was used to again.

  15. I guess after finally getting a taste of the playoffs they’re full, losing Williams and Ryans thats a little much, Schaub coming off injury losing Joel Dressen, just seems like a bit much.

  16. I really like this move. Ryans is a great fit for this defense and the Eagles only gave up a fourth round pick. I’d still draft a LB in the early rounds, but great move for the Eagles. This really helps this defense.

  17. Only giving up a 4th and swapping 3rds (moving back 12 spots) is a steal to not watch Matthews and Chaney in the middle of the D this year. Great under-the-radar signing!!

  18. Why would you trade Ryans for a mid-round draft pick? Why not restructure his contract?

    Looks like that Texans playoff streak will end at 1.

  19. If one doesn’t know about Demeco Ryans, I’d say you may want to start watching football. Great pickup by the Eagles and a move for the Texans that is ghastly. Why? They’ll never be a truly viable franchise with moves like that.

  20. good move by both squads…..

    texans needing to free up crazy salary cap space for barwin, duane brown, cushing, ect… in the next couple years.

    ryans not as vital to texans new defense, but dont get me wrong…. great football player and even better guy.

    Go Texans!

  21. I’ve been saying it for a few years: add some real linebackers to the Eagles and they are playing late January ball.

    This is a great first step. Now draft some and the Eagles D will be very solid.

  22. Demeco was very good early on
    This past year he only played 2 downs

    That’s a lot of money to pay him for 2 downs

    Demeco is a good guy off the field and I wish him all the luck in Philly.

    Now Texans please go trade Kareem “burnt toast” Jackson and go get a real CB!!

  23. He must be hurt. I don’t see how the trade makes any sense for Houston if it doesn’t. Not sure how the eagles are consistently able to fleece teams in crazy one sided trades but if Ryans is healthy it looks like they did it again.

  24. This is all Wade Phillips fault, had you brought in a 4-3 D-Coordinator, you could’ve still had the best LB core in the league with Cush, Demeco and Barwin.

    Plus had a real shot in keeping Super Mario had he been playing with his hand in the dirt every down.

    Now Mario’s gone, Demeco’s let go because, like Johnathan Vilma, he thrives more as a 4-3 MLB.

    They let the best RT go for no apparent reason, and they have a QB made of tissue, if anything they should’ve gone after Peyton, he would’ve swam there.

    The Texans have done way too much reshuffling to take the next step next year, they messed up a good thing.

  25. Whoa! What the hell is going on with the Texans??? I mean seriously…Winston, Williams, Biesel, Ryans… What are we missing here? I truly thought the Texans were the scariest team going into next year so long as Schaub took a manageable step forward. Now I’m not so sure. Nothing done to improve the receiving corps (& Johnson’s not getting any younger). Losing some of their top starters from the last few years. At best their depth is gone. I don’t get it… Texan fans…any idea what’s going on here???

  26. Love the moves this offseason.
    Winston was all talk no play. He almost got TJ killed against Baltimore. Breisel is easily replaceable. Love Meco but he has been hurt the last 2 seasons and is not a great fit for the 3-4. Way too much money for a 2 down linebacker.

  27. Great move birdz!!! The reason for the 4th rounder is because of his salary that is still owed and him being expendable in their defense to. As far as Asante goes its good they didnt trade him there, becuz we only gave up a 4th..we can still get a 3rd for him!!!

  28. How are the wheels coming off the wagon just because they lost Mario (a guy who missed 11 and a half games) and Ryan’s (a guy who was in on what, 3 tackles the entire season?)?

  29. Wow! As a Texans fan I am disheartened. Had high hopes for next year. Had. I don’t know what the FO is doing.

    Eagles, you’re getting a truly gifted YOUNG MLB. He’s smart, easily runs Wades complicated defense, and like one poster said “you really don’t know football, if you don’t know who Demeco Ryans is”.

    Good job Igles, you robbed the Texans.

    Good luck in Philly Demeco!

  30. No way you are getting a 3rd round pick for a 30+ year old CB with declining skills. I like Asante but realistically he will be done in 2-3 years…..

  31. They didn’t have Williams for most of last year and didn’t miss a beat, so letting him go was common sense for the money he wanted. They must have had a reason for letting Ryans go. They’ll be fine

  32. Demeco is a great leader and he will be missed by true Texans fans, but probably not the best fit now for the Texans 3-4 defense. Last year was his first back after the Achilles injury and he performed below his normal high level and wasn’t on the field as much due to the defense. In a 4-3, one year further removed from injury, he could still be a great fit for the Eagles defense.

  33. Ok, lemme explain the move, which is good for both teams.

    First off, you can’t compare this move to Mario being gone. There’s no way they had the cap space or the money to sign Mario, and as it happened he lied about wanting to stay with a contender and instead went for the money. But it’s okay – the Texans actually did better without him. He only played 5 games last year, and the defense finished 2nd in the NFL.

    Ryans was moved to ILB in the Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme which he did not fare well. He’s a very good 4-3 middle linebacker. Cushing ended up playing that role more often, and in passing downs Ryans came out anyways. Coming off of a major injury, playing out of position, and making a huge deal that was restructured last year – the thought around Houston was that he would get cut.

    Now he can go to a team where he can play his natural position, the Texans can pick up another draft pick, they get more under the cap, and Darryl Sharpton can come in and play that position which is more natural for him. In essence, Ryans is the only starter they’re truly losing, and he’s being replaced by a guy who filled in for him well until he was injured himself.

    As a Texans fan I hate to see him go as he was the leader of the defense, but I think it was better to go this route than to flat out cut him.

  34. Dear haters & morons,

    The only individual to ever spout the words “Dream Team” is a man– err– bum, who is no longer even with the team! Frankly, the label is tired. Yes, the team underachieved, but so did 31 other teams. GIVE IT UP.

  35. Losing Mario seems bad and now losing Ryans, I think they will be signing Hawthorne for much cheaper, don’t worry Texans fans your D is still beast, I wish my favorite team would have drafted Watts that kid is an animal on the field. I count the Texans as my AFC team cause 2 of my favorite players play there, Andre Johnson & Foster also two of the most respectable guys in the league, have fun running that division now that the Colts are done

  36. Good move by the Texans…they were paying way too much for a guy that only played 1st downs. He is a good guy, but in his career with the Hou, he never really made winning plays. He makes tackles, not plays. And, his tacked went down every year. This is Cushing’s D now.

  37. bluefan204 says: Mar 20, 2012 7:38 PM

    He must be more damaged than the Texans originally thought to only take a mid round pick for him. He was great before he got hurt.

    Looks like Dream Team 2.0 is beginning to build for another steamrolling of the NFL!!1!
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    It wasn’t just the injury. The team went from a 4-3 to a 3-4. Ryans was great in the 4-3, but not so much in the 3-4. Luckily, the Eagles run the 4-3. Not just that, but Ryans also has experience playing behind a wide 9 like the Eagles started using last season.

  38. Congrats to all Eagles fans on getting one of the good guys of the NFL.

    DeMeco is a great linebacker and team leader. Guy never has issues off the field and always brings it on Sunday’s.

    His only downside is his salary. He is paid as one of the elite of the game and that brings a big price tag.

    My belief is the Texans did this because they didn’t want to pay the price for a LB that was only playing 1st and 2nd down in the current 3-4 system.

    Texans fans are going to miss a great one. Congrats Eagles! You got a winner.

  39. As a Diehard Texans fan, whose favorite player on defense was DeMeco Ryans, I honestly do understand this move by the Texans.

    In Wade Phillips 3-4 defense the Mike LB can be interchanged. Darrell Sharpton was actually on the field more on 3rd downs than DeMeco, before Sharpton got placed on I.R.

    The on field production will clearly be replaced, HOWEVER, the Leadership Captain Meco’ brings on and off-the field will be missed.

    If Peyton can get cut, anyone can get cut/traded.

    The Eagles are getting one heck of a player and team leader. As a big DeMeco Ryans fan, I’m just glad he is going to a good team. I wish him the best. The Eagles are my new 2nd fav. team just b.c DeMeco.

    Eagles and Texans in Superbowl.

    Lastly, the Texans Defense was #2 in league without Mario Williams for 11 games, and DeMeco Ryans not 100% and not on the field much on 3rd downs. Texans defense is NOT taking as big step back as it seems on paper.

    Next Man Up!

  40. Not a Texans fan, but I’m guessing they got rid of Ryans and didn’t make an effort to resign Mario because neither one played much last season. Mario was hurt and Ryans seemed to give way to Sharpton (not sure, but I think that’s the dude I’m thinking of) until he got hurt.

    I think this is still a monster D. And that’s kind of scary, seeing as how they subtracted two pretty decent players.

  41. Everyone keeps saying “after losing williams”…If the Texans had resigned him that contract would have crippled them for years. I don’t really follow the Texans much and I wonder how they will replace these guys.

    Who is left to play LB? Is Conner Barwin playing like the stud we all thought he was in college?

  42. Ok, it doesn’t help with the cap this year, but it frees up $9M next year, so it helps with the FA’s they have to resign next year – Barwin, Brown, Schaub.

  43. houbornhouraised says: Mar 20, 2012 7:54 PM

    good move by both squads…..

    texans needing to free up crazy salary cap space for barwin, duane brown, cushing, ect… in the next couple years.

    ryans not as vital to texans new defense, but dont get me wrong…. great football player and even better guy.

    Go Texans!
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    I agree completely. As long as Ryans is healthy, this is a great move for both teams. When the Texans switched to a 3-4, they lowered the value that Ryans has for them. He’s ok in the 3-4, but clearly much more suited to the 4-3. The Eagles get the MLB they badly needed, and the Texans clear cap space and acquire a draft pick (and improve another) to help them in their switch to the 3-4. The only thing that surprises me is that the Texans couldn’t work out a deal to get a 3rd round pick instead, although I am aware that teams tend to overvalue picks relative to players for some reason.

    Oh, and to the person who wished they had traded Asante for him instead, are you out of your mind? The Eagles got Ryans for a 4th round pick. Even with his high salary, the need around the league for CBs means the Eagles could get a 2nd round pick for him…or they could keep him and be better prepared to deal with an injury at the position or to play teams that air the ball out to a wide variety of receivers. Let’s face it, if you take a look at the acquisitions the Eagles made last year, it was less about competing within the division and more about competing against teams like the Packers. then again, they went 5-1 within the division last year, so it worked for that too.

  44. Ryan’s only played on 1st and 2nd downs. He was a liability in pass coverage. He thrived in the 4-3 though. Sharpton, who the Texans drafted from Miami was a beast until he got hurt. He will take over for Demeco. Great guy and will be missed but he is better suited for a 4-3 IF he can get that nagging arm healed. That injury has seemed to last forever.

  45. It looks like a good deal . . . but then I thought that Ernie Sims was a good pick up for them as well. Eagles haven’t had a good linebacker since Jeremiah Trotter.

  46. As much as I love Demeco, its a good move. He just wasn’t getting enough playing time in Wade’s system to justify his salary. Great leader and good teammate… good luck Meco..

  47. This is more exciting than any of the Eagles’ pick-ups last-season and might be the Eagles best off-season pick-up since drafting LeSean McCoy. The Birds have desperately needed this since Trotter’s first tour in Philly.
    I would still like to see another block-eating interior DL… make teams run inside the wide-9 where Ryans can scrape over-top to make 140 tackles a year for the next 5 years.
    Well done Eagles… well done.

  48. Dream team 2.0…… Now all the iggles need is this bonehead to say that they are in fact the dream team like that other bonehead from tejas.

  49. Demeco did not fit the 3-4 and only played half the D snaps. His salary was too high for that. They don’t save much this year, but save a lot next year so they can re-sign Barwin and D Brown. I liked Demeco a lot and did not like seeing him watch from the sidelines so much last year. Works out well for all three, Texans, Demeco and the Eagles got a heck of a player and leader.

  50. Rick smith hates his fans… Restructure his deal… One of the best tacklers and leaders in the league… Sharpton is not our answer and might kill wade if he brings bradie James or Keith brooking in

  51. Texans fan here. DMR was the weak side ILB that came off the field on passing downs. He’s been hurt recently. In this system he’s the fourth most important LB.

    Texans need money to sign Barwin Brown and Cushing next season.

    Giving up a lot of leadership but Cushing Watt Joseph manning Reed and Barwin are still there on D.

  52. I love this move if D.Ryans is healthy. Which I think he is. I also think he is a better 4-3 MLB then a 3-4 one.

    He also is a natural leader. I once read about how he made his entire college team clean the locker room after a game because they trashed it. It takes leadership to pull something like that off.

  53. Congrats to the Eagles. They got themselves a genuine skull thumper in the middle. Hate to see Meco go but glad he is going to a defense more suited for his skills.

    Don’t worry about his health. The last 6 games of last season you tell he was finally getting his health back. Dude was popping heads at the line of scrimmage.

    I also want to thank the Texans FO for doing right by him and sending somewhere where his skills can flourish.

    A great locker room guy as well. See ya Cap. You will be greatly missed in H town.

  54. He had a good season each game of his career until he got injured.You do not know weather it was the 3-4 scheme that held him back or the injury that he had.We will just have to find out.As a Texans fan and a Eagles fan I hope both teams get the best out of this deal.

  55. After losing Mario, why would they trade their defensive leader? They are going to rely on Cushing, Watt and Reed now? That is not a reliable bunch in my opinion. Two second year guys and a reputed ‘roid freak. Good luck with that.

  56. Read about the amount of awards he won in college and his school work etc. Solid guy by all accounts. And they had jj watt and antonio smith on nfl net. They where hurtin a bit talking about losing him. I’m happy. We are in position now to draft the best available player wit 15. Start bangin the war drum….POE,POE,POE,POE…..

  57. Demeco was overpaid before going into last season and had become a two down back that was losing time to Sharpton before he got injured. Texans did not get fleeced in this deal nor will they really miss him. that being said he will be an improvement to what Philly is used to but he still ain’t worth being paid like a top five linebacker

  58. I also like having a vetran LB to show the young guys like Mathews the ropes. I think these young guys at LB will be much better this year. With a full off season and a 2nd year in the defense they can only get better.

  59. Anyone want to bet the salary cleared up by the Texans has them eyeballing Mike Wallace?

    They would actually make the most plausible destination right now.

  60. Andy Reid silently praying noone remembers his proclamation last year that it was either “put up or shut up”. For all the accolades heaped on that guy, what has he ever won? First it was he didnt have the right guys, now its they didnt know how to play as a team. Come on! Sooner or later Philly fans will have to see the truth that Andy Reid is a Holmgren wannabe that wont win anything. It dont matter who they get, they will always end up losers.

  61. Could be a good deal. I think the vilma comparison is a good one. Some guys just don’t fit well in certain schemes. This is really true with line backers. Take Ryans former teammate Cushing, he was decent but after the move to the strong side inside guy he ha become a great player.

    I really do think this was a good move for the texans as your wsil is least important and he was expensive. They get a pick and move up in the 3rd.

    As far as my eagles go I am glad that they will not be drafting a first round line backer, they would be much better off with a beast dt or Barron. Wouldn’t mind a guy like Zach brown if he is still there in the second. But all in all I think Mathews playing weak side were belongs and Chaney on the strong side with Jordan and Clayton and the midget playing roles, this backer core isn’t bad at all.

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