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Eagles trade Dion Lewis to Browns

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The Eagles have dealt Dion Lewis to Cleveland for linebacker Emmanuel Acho, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

Last week, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Lewis was available in trade.

Lewis (5-8, 195) rushed for 69 yards on 13 carries for the Eagles in 2012. The third-year back from Pitt will be just 22 years old when the regular season begins. Lewis will compete with veterans Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya for playing time behind starter Trent Richardson.

The amount of opportunities Lewis could get in Cleveland figures to be tied to how the Browns use Richardson, who had 267 carries and 51 receptions in 15 games as a rookie. Any reduction in passing-game work for Richardson would give some of the other backs more of a chance to contribute.

Acho, 22, likely projects inside in the Eagles’ 3-4 scheme. He spent the 2012 season on injured reserve with Cleveland. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a leg injury sidelined Acho, who was a sixth-round pick of the Browns last April. He recorded 280 tackles in four seasons at the University of Texas.

Player-for-player NFL trades don’t happen often, but the Eagles have now made a pair in a two-week span. On March 28, the Eagles dealt fullback Stanley Havili to Indianapolis for defensive lineman Clifton Geathers.

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21 Responses to “Eagles trade Dion Lewis to Browns”
  1. briscocountyjr says: Apr 11, 2013 11:35 AM

    Browns making moves, knocks the ravens to third in the division… looks like a showdown between the Browns and Bengals!!

  2. pj1983a says: Apr 11, 2013 11:36 AM

    Backup for backup. I wouldn’t be surprised if both players fail to make their final rosters.

  3. nativeraider says: Apr 11, 2013 11:37 AM

    Not a bad pickup for Browns. Lewis is a nice change of pace RB for Trent. I cant believe hes only 21!

  4. brutus3413 says: Apr 11, 2013 11:45 AM

    And now for the obligatory “Factory of Sadness” and/or “Super Bowl!” comments.

  5. eaglefan94 says: Apr 11, 2013 11:59 AM

    Philly wouldn’t have used Dion anymore anyway. Browns get an okay backup RB and Eagles get a camp body at worst. Good deal for both teams.

  6. therealpittbull says: Apr 11, 2013 12:05 PM

    Good for Dion. Richardson may not be as durable as a work horse back. Gives another Pitt running back a chance to dominate the NFL. What a history…Tony Dorsett, Curtis Martin, Craig Heyward, LeSean McCoy, and the list will continue.

  7. timb289 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:13 PM

    Wow, this is weird move by Browns considering how weak or short handed they are in the middle for their own 3-4 defense. They add a back that wont be on the team come Sept. Acho didnt get a chance really due to injuries to prove himself either way. So I dont see how coaching staff could see enough game tape on either to make this call. Lombardi stikes again!!

  8. boctavious says: Apr 11, 2013 12:17 PM

    New Sproles. Go Browns!

  9. joemammy says: Apr 11, 2013 12:24 PM

    With Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya behind TRich, this kid won’t see the light of day. Unless, maybe, he can kick 50-yard field goals in a blizzard.

    Banner must owe somebody in Philly some money…

  10. boctavious says: Apr 11, 2013 12:30 PM

    He will be replacing cribbs as return specialist along with Travis Benjamin. And provide an occasional change of pace /receiving threat on passing downs.

  11. giantsfaninphilly says: Apr 11, 2013 12:32 PM

    Why is this news? one insignicant player for another insignificant player. Slow news day?
    Until Chip Kelly finds a real QB all of these moves are insignificant! Mike Vick….REALLY?

  12. godofwine330 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:35 PM

    Acho didn’t even play for the Browns. I hope Lewis can be our “Sproles”, that would be great, but as bad as we need linebackers I don’t completely understand this. being that we have Hardesty, & Ogbannaya I wonder where he fits. Add to it the fact that he is in his 3rd year I guess we could tender him next year at the second round level.

    I just don’t want that arrogance of “anybody we didn’t draft is a bust,” kind of thing.

  13. illcomm says: Apr 11, 2013 12:39 PM

    lewis is good. he was arrested in Preseason and is very immature

  14. bonato55 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:55 PM

    As an Eagles fan I can say Brown’s fans should be happy with this pick up good player young with a lot of potential ….

  15. crubenst says: Apr 11, 2013 12:58 PM

    I guess this means Banner not Roseman drafted Lewis.

  16. billsfan1 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:06 PM

    Browns making moves, knocks the ravens to third in the division… looks like a showdown between the Browns and Bengals!!

    by acquiring Dion Lewis? get over yourself

  17. ryanrockzzz says: Apr 11, 2013 1:33 PM

    Joe can just keep bringin in all those players who sucked for the Eagles. Finneeee with me.

  18. thegonz13 says: Apr 11, 2013 3:03 PM

    Basically, Philly traded a dollar and got four quarters in return…

  19. ochospantalones says: Apr 11, 2013 3:26 PM

    The Eagles seem to like to make these meaningless deals with teams run by former members of their front office. Seems harmless; if Acho makes the team and contributes on special teams the trade will be a small win. Lewis never showed anything on the field in his time with the Eagles, and was at best our third string running back.

  20. oldbyrd says: Apr 11, 2013 6:46 PM

    The Eagles today traded nothing to The Browns for Nothing and got nothing…Surely a blockbuster deal.

  21. jakecasenhiser says: Apr 11, 2013 9:07 PM

    I doubt he’ll make the final roster honestly, both Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya play well on the third down.

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