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Steelers acquire Felix Jones in trade with Eagles

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In 1943, the Steelers and Eagles merged to form a team unofficially known as the Steagles as a way to deal with the number of players who were overseas fighting in World War II.

Seventy years later, they’ve come together again to swing a trade that the Steelers hope will help them cope with the loss of running back Le’Veon Bell to a foot injury.

The Eagles announced that they are sending running back Felix Jones to Pittsburgh in exchange for linebacker Adrian Robinson.

Jones was not expected to make the Eagles roster as he was running fourth on the depth chart behind LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk. In Pittsburgh, he’ll join Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, Baron Batch and LaRod Stephens-Howling among the healthy backs vying for snaps while Bell recovers from a sprained foot.

Jones’ performance with the Eagles this summer and with Dallas in the last couple of years doesn’t provide much confidence that he’s got a lot left in the tank, but the Steelers know what they have with Dwyer and Redman, in particular, and their feelings about that pair were made clear when they drafted Bell in the first place.

Robinson played 12 games with the Steelers last year after making the team as an undrafted free agent. He went to Temple, so the trade is something of a homecoming for Robinson. His ability to make an impact on special teams will likely determine how long the homecoming lasts.

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73 Responses to “Steelers acquire Felix Jones in trade with Eagles”
  1. officialgame says: Aug 23, 2013 10:25 AM

    I guess neither player was going to make their respective teams.

  2. ridnaway says: Aug 23, 2013 10:28 AM

    Yawn……

    The Steelers are quickly becoming irrelevant.

  3. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 23, 2013 10:28 AM

    Two guys who weren’t going to make the squad now with a chance. At least hes better than Delone Carter and we gave up a position of depth, not a position of weakness like the Ravens did.

  4. bmorepositive123 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:39 AM

    It wasn’t too long ago that LSH was starting a few games for Arizona… yeesh

  5. ingraven says: Aug 23, 2013 10:40 AM

    @Steeley McBeam

    To still think WR is a position of weakness you mustve really noT watched the game last night. Our 2 Rookies Brown & Melette played like vets. David Reed was traded because he wasnt making the team anyway.

  6. troy43mvp says: Aug 23, 2013 10:41 AM

    It tells me that we have a number of plays that involve the running back catching out of the back field. Felix Jones has always been good at that part of the game and so is Lev Bell. It may be a nice fit for a few games with zero hit on the salary cap.

  7. bettis3636 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:41 AM

    I’m not in the Steelers front office but I doubt he will make it long with Pittsburgh… LSH has the 3rd down back on lock… And between Redman and Dwyer… And a healthy Bell… I don’t see the need for a first round bust.

  8. iamhoraceknight says: Aug 23, 2013 10:46 AM

    In Other News: Felix Jones Was On The Eagles?

  9. steelcurtainn says: Aug 23, 2013 10:47 AM

    Jones, the ex cowboy. Even I am against this move.
    Obviously, its just for depth purposes. I guess its still better then that bum delone carter the ravens picked up, a practical practice squad player.

  10. si1m says: Aug 23, 2013 11:02 AM

    the key difference the mad steeler fans are forgetting:

    Carter is at best our 3rd backup to all-world Rice and pierce.

    FELIX JONES WILL BE PIT’s STARTER WEEK ONE because they have no one else.

    that little fact seems lost on them as they DESPERATELY try to compare the move to Carter

  11. si1m says: Aug 23, 2013 11:03 AM

    actually that says alot about the Steelers that their fans are trying to compare the Ravens 4th RB to their NEW STARTING RB. Yes, we know your starters are the equivalent of our 3rd string.

  12. citizenstrange says: Aug 23, 2013 11:07 AM

    GO STEELERS!

  13. sandblastermoron says: Aug 23, 2013 11:09 AM

    With the first pick in the 2024 NFL draft the Pittsburgh Steelers would like to select “Charlie batch”

  14. newagerocker says: Aug 23, 2013 11:15 AM

    Nice Steagles reference!

  15. thepittsburghkid says: Aug 23, 2013 11:18 AM

    I really liked this kid when Dallas drafted him, but he seems to have had a problem staying healthy. Bell needs to get healthy, he has the opportunity to be a difference maker with this team. I just hope he’s not going to be like Worilds where he’s constantly banged up.

  16. modellforprez says: Aug 23, 2013 11:19 AM

    so the Steagles make a trade. Felix the cat will now be our feature back.

  17. tkebean says: Aug 23, 2013 11:19 AM

    Got my laugh of the day. Ravens fans think they have depth at WR? They have 1 WR worth a damn (Smith) and he probably shouldn’t be a teams #1 WR. Too much of a one trick pony. Have fun lining Jacoby Jones up on the outside all this year…will end up the same way it did when he had to start in Houston…garbage.

    And Flacco sucks.

  18. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 23, 2013 11:26 AM

    **BREAKING***
    During the move from Philly to Pitt…..Felix jones tore a hamstring. Estimates are he’ll be day to day for the next 2 months.

  19. jjthesportsguy says: Aug 23, 2013 11:29 AM

    Why does this coaching staff hate Jonathan Dwyer so much? Guy has played well and is pretty similar in body type and running style to a former Steeler…Jerome Bettis.

  20. mikewhorio says: Aug 23, 2013 11:36 AM

    Training camp fodder…

  21. reasonableeaglefan says: Aug 23, 2013 11:40 AM

    After watching the first 2 preseason eagles games I can unequivocally state that Felix Jones has nothing left in the tank.

  22. jmblosser82 says: Aug 23, 2013 11:42 AM

    Jones should be able to beat out Dwyer or redman, Dwyer looked good on Monday but has fumblitis. Redman had potential but I think it went down the crapper. Batch is a good looking back and we’ll see about bell. I like the move but its just a bandaid for a gushing wound. Until that o line plays better it doesn’t matter who the back is, Barry Sanders wouldn’t get anywhere with the way they’ve been playing.

  23. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 23, 2013 11:47 AM

    WORLD’S FINEST

    Face it: you are jealous.

  24. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Aug 23, 2013 11:48 AM

    More food for Ngata.

  25. hakunamangata says: Aug 23, 2013 12:01 PM

    So now the Steelers have had two running backs drafted before Ray Rice in 2008.

    Don’t stop now! Jonathan Stewart might be available via trade too!

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 23, 2013 12:02 PM

    si1m | Aug 23, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT
    actually that says alot about the Steelers that their fans are trying to compare the Ravens 4th RB to their NEW STARTING RB. Yes, we know your starters are the equivalent of our 3rd string.

    After last nights performance and your schedule coming up a little humility would be nice skippy. You won the SB …but last check you didn’t cure cancer. Relax and grab some reality the ravens are ok but not walking on water as you so humbly proclaim.

  27. tinbender2000 says: Aug 23, 2013 12:04 PM

    youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 23, 2013 11:47 AM

    WORLD’S FINEST

    Face it: you are jealous.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Yep, the whole world’s jealous you just landed Felix Jones. HaHaHaHaHaHa, yer makin’ my sides hurt! Get help dude! HaHaHaHaHa

  28. skoobyfl says: Aug 23, 2013 12:04 PM

    Black & Yellow with useless Fellows.

  29. historyisyourfriend says: Aug 23, 2013 12:08 PM

    Brought in for depth/insurance is all – LSH is going to be the de facto 3rd down back, while Dwyer/Redman (whoever is not fumbling that day) will be the tough yards backs.

    All subject to change depending on how fast Bell heals/comes back.

  30. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Aug 23, 2013 12:11 PM

    A Primanti’s sammich is better at bustin up the gut than this joker.

  31. justintuckrule says: Aug 23, 2013 12:17 PM

    Is Brandon Jacobs that bad of an option where the Steelers are diving into the 4th option on Philly? Pitt will be throwing 75% of the time anyway. If I were a Pitt fan, my first preference would be a back that can help my significantly injury prone QB stay upright then, secondly, a guy that can pick up a few yards once in a while. Jacobs is the best blitz picker upper in the NFL and can chip guys like Harrison (who by the way is coming to end B.R.’s career make no mistake) into the middle of next week.

  32. theuglitruth says: Aug 23, 2013 12:28 PM

    Boy…missing Rashad Mendenhall huh?

  33. steel2372 says: Aug 23, 2013 12:28 PM

    Who said he was the starting rb? He is brought in for depth purposes. One thing great about Jones is he does catch the ball well out of the backfield. He will help us somewhere along the path to greatness. May not be this year but it will come.

  34. jbaxt says: Aug 23, 2013 12:29 PM

    So reporting 4th stringer transactions is what this off season has come to?

  35. coachbeck says: Aug 23, 2013 12:37 PM

    Delone carter > Felix jones.

    Pitts offensive skill positions are in shambles. OL is looking aweful. I feel sorry for Ben. He deserves better than this.

  36. twardyyy says: Aug 23, 2013 12:42 PM

    Why not go out and sign Michael Turner, Willis McGahee, Cedric Benson or Beanie Wells instead of getting a fourth-string scab from Philly? At least Turner, McGahee and Benson have shown they can be solid contributors, while Wells has shown flashes of potential in the past. Jones just really hasn’t done crap since he came to the NFL — they coulda even gotten Joseph Addai, who would still be a better option than Felix. Pitt woulda been much better off with Turner, McGahee or Benson, even though they wouldn’t have been needed for long.

  37. carpi2 says: Aug 23, 2013 12:48 PM

    I love reading the comments to these articles, dealing with player acquisition. They never fail at digging up the deep-rooted rivalries between readers.

    BTW, for your information both the Ravens and Steelers suck. Arguing about which team is better is along the lines of arguing about who’s the smartest kid in a special-ed class.

  38. lovefootball4life says: Aug 23, 2013 12:48 PM

    “Got my laugh of the day. Ravens fans think they have depth at WR? ”

    What they (we) mean is there are more on the roster in that position than the team can keep. Reed was obviously on the outside. The ones that do make the team need to step up.

    Why are there so many fans commenting about the Ravens on here anyway? Third comment in brings them up? Why?

  39. jtbsteeler says: Aug 23, 2013 12:56 PM

    Cody, McPhee, Upshaw, Doss, Jimmy Smith = Draft busts

  40. getyourownname says: Aug 23, 2013 12:57 PM

    Preseason can’t end soon enough

  41. johnnybgood19 says: Aug 23, 2013 1:01 PM

    Comments:

    1. Jones was a beast in college…
    2. The fact that he did not impress in Dallas during the Tony Romo era is not a negative.
    3. Chipper has not show any proclivity towards being a judge of nfl talent…
    4. Jones has a remarkable yards per carry for a little used back, and he is special team capable and can atch the ball out of the backfield.
    5. Dwyer can run, but he comes up out of a stack of players after a four yard gain and takes himself out of the game????
    6. I like redman but face it, most of use had a back on our high school team as good as redman. redman takes big hits and gains yards but he never seems to do it when you need it…..

    All in all I’m thinking that Jones could be a back for the future. I remember the gripping when we traded for a back from the rams named bettis…. not saying that jones will be another bettis, just saying that if he do it on the field then we might hae something…..

  42. johnnybgood19 says: Aug 23, 2013 1:05 PM

    carpi2 said on :Aug 23, 2013 12:48 PM

    Arguing about which team is better is along the lines of arguing about who’s the smartest kid in a special-ed class.

    Since carpi2 is an expert on special ed classes I suggest that he be made the resident authority on the subject ….

  43. cfeeley52 says: Aug 23, 2013 1:10 PM

    bunkslurpscrabmustard says:
    Aug 23, 2013 12:11 PM
    A Primanti’s sammich is better at bustin up the gut than this joker.
    —————————————
    Mmmm Primanti’s…
    I’ll talk all the trash i can about their football team, but wow that city has some great sandwiches!

  44. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 23, 2013 1:23 PM

    Why are there so many Ravens fans commenting on here anyway? Multiple comments? Why?

  45. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 23, 2013 1:28 PM

    I love the smell of desperation in the morning.

    /evenings, too.

  46. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 23, 2013 1:28 PM

    Monkey see. Monkey do.

  47. cfeeley52 says: Aug 23, 2013 1:32 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Aug 23, 2013 1:23 PM
    Why are there so many Ravens fans commenting on here anyway? Multiple comments? Why?
    ——————————————–
    Seriously? You’re going to act like you’ve never had multiple posts on a ravens article??? Pot, kettle, black…

  48. billhicks666 says: Aug 23, 2013 1:40 PM

    LOL So, it’s come to this for the “mighty” Steelers. Having to trade for a hack RB in Felix Jones? Pathetic.

  49. richeisennflnetwork says: Aug 23, 2013 1:42 PM

    They should have traded for Bryce Brown and given up draft pick for next year.

  50. lovefootball4life says: Aug 23, 2013 1:46 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Aug 23, 2013 1:23 PM
    Why are there so many Ravens fans commenting on here anyway? Multiple comments? Why?

    Can’t speak for everyone else but in my case I wouldn’t have commented at all on something so newsworthy (sarcasm) until I felt the need to correct someone’s stupid interpretation of the Ravens depth. And now here I am again on my second post, thus multiple times, addressing someone who was mocking me. Ya’ll just bring it on yourselves.

  51. billhicks666 says: Aug 23, 2013 1:48 PM

    johnnybgood19 says:

    “…All in all I’m thinking that Jones could be a back for the future….”

    LOL Yeah, sure. You keep telling yourself that, and maybe one day, you’ll actually believe it.

  52. billhicks666 says: Aug 23, 2013 1:55 PM

    coachbeck says:

    “… I feel sorry for Ben. He deserves better than this.”

    Uh, no he doesn’t.

  53. tory707 says: Aug 23, 2013 2:01 PM

    IGOT6RINGSANDNOLIFE. What a joke. He could not even make the Eagles team as a 4th running back. That team is in trouble.

  54. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 23, 2013 2:03 PM

    lovefootball4life says:
    Aug 23, 2013 12:48 PM
    “Got my laugh of the day. Ravens fans think they have depth at WR? ”

    What they (we) mean is there are more on the roster in that position than the team can keep. Reed was obviously on the outside. The ones that do make the team need to step up.

    Why are there so many fans commenting about the Ravens on here anyway? Third comment in brings them up? Why?

    5 3 I guess you never read Joe dilfer flacco s post on the raven thread. He always manages to include his obsession every post he can. There are too many raven trolls who do that to mention. Take off your homer glasses and you’ll see actions embarrassing the raven fan base way more than you and SteelerBen think I do.

  55. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 23, 2013 2:11 PM

    Hey cfeeley, it was a sarcastic response to lf4l. Reading is fundamental.

  56. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 23, 2013 2:15 PM

    What do Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have in common”

    1. They were once the same football team.

    2. They both signed Felix Jones.

    3. They both have a bell with a crack in it.

    Sorry. But I couldn’t resist.

  57. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 23, 2013 2:24 PM

    Aug 23, 2013 2:15 PM
    What do Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have in common”

    1. They were once the same football team.

    2. They both signed Felix Jones.

    3. They both have a bell with a crack in it.

    Sorry. But I couldn’t resist.

    0 0 Crickets………..

  58. draculalambert says: Aug 23, 2013 2:27 PM

    YES! As a steelers fan I can now say–WE HAVE OUR REGGIE BUSH!

    woot woot

  59. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 23, 2013 2:28 PM

    you forgot one jmf

    4. They both whipped the ravens last year.

  60. lovefootball4life says: Aug 23, 2013 2:33 PM

    “Take off your homer glasses and you’ll see actions embarrassing the raven fan base way more than you and SteelerBen think I do.”

    —-
    nofool, vasteelerfan, oldirtyman or whatever you are posting under these days I don’t have homer glasses. I wear contact lenses. There are trolls everywhere, on every teams articles I read. Its just the way it is here. Happens on every sports related site that allows you to post under an anonymous name without a connection to who you really are from a social media profile like Facebook.

  61. channer81 says: Aug 23, 2013 2:35 PM

    I remember when Jerry Jones was in love with this kid on Hard Knocks back in ’08

  62. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 23, 2013 2:45 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Aug 23, 2013 2:28 PM
    you forgot one jmf

    4. They both whipped the ravens last year.

    —————–

    5. And they both sat on the couch watching the Ravens being crowned Superbowl World Champions!!!

  63. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 23, 2013 3:01 PM

    5. And they both sat on the couch watching the Ravens being crowned Superbowl World Champions!!!

    A lot of Raven fans did the same in 2001 thru 2012…. What’s your point?

  64. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 23, 2013 3:09 PM

    “Take off your homer glasses and you’ll see actions embarrassing the raven fan base way more than you and SteelerBen think I do.”

    —-
    nofool, vasteelerfan, oldirtyman or whatever you are posting under these days I don’t have homer glasses. I wear contact lenses. There are trolls everywhere, on every teams articles I read. Its just the way it is here. Happens on every sports related site that allows you to post under an anonymous name without a connection to who you really are from a social media profile like Facebook.

    You missed the point which is not surprising as it would require you to admit fellow raven fans are out of control. I post only as nofoolnodrool and have for over a year never having been banned as several raven trolls have.

  65. jmblosser82 says: Aug 23, 2013 3:36 PM

    Benson, Jacobs, mcgeehee and turner would all want too much money for being a quick fix. No matter who the quick fix is unless that line learns to block they could have All Day and he’s be lucky to get 1k yards

  66. lovefootball4life says: Aug 23, 2013 9:29 PM

    “You missed the point which is not surprising as it would require you to admit fellow raven fans are out of control. I post only as nofoolnodrool and have for over a year never having been banned as several raven trolls have.”

    Some Ravens fans are out of control, some Steeler fans too, some Bronco fans, Jets fans, Viking fans, Redskin fans, and on and on. I admitted it but I don’t know what point that proves for you. There is nothing anyone can do about it, people have 100% anonymity unless PFT changed its entire platform.

  67. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 23, 2013 11:32 PM

    This reminds me of a trade in 1980s when Chuck Noll acquired running back Ernest Jackson from the Eagles. Buddy Ryan was so glad to get rid of him, he said he would’ve traded Jackson “for a warm six pack.”
    History repeating itself.

  68. oldbyrd says: Aug 24, 2013 8:14 AM

    Nothing ventured nothing gained!

  69. lofty99 says: Aug 24, 2013 10:39 AM

    Fumble machine!

  70. steel2372 says: Aug 24, 2013 11:45 AM

    Benson would be a great pickup for us. If we continue to have injuries at the rb spot we might need to sign one of them.

  71. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 24, 2013 1:18 PM

    johnnybgood19 says:
    Aug 23, 2013 1:01 PM
    Comments:

    1. Jones was a beast in college…
    2. The fact that he did not impress in Dallas during the Tony Romo era is not a negative.
    3. Chipper has not show any proclivity towards being a judge of nfl talent…
    4. Jones has a remarkable yards per carry for a little used back, and he is special team capable and can atch the ball out of the backfield.
    5. Dwyer can run, but he comes up out of a stack of players after a four yard gain and takes himself out of the game????
    6. I like redman but face it, most of use had a back on our high school team as good as redman. redman takes big hits and gains yards but he never seems to do it when you need it…..

    All in all I’m thinking that Jones could be a back for the future. I remember the gripping when we traded for a back from the rams named bettis…. not saying that jones will be another bettis, just saying that if he do it on the field then we might hae something…..
    ———————————————————

    After all of that round and round talk you missed the WHOLE reason he was let go……………………….

    he’s a china doll and never stays healthy…as in ever..never…ever..does…………..he is always hurt.

  72. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 24, 2013 2:01 PM

    johnnybgood:
    I sure hope you’re not saying that Jones will be another Bettis. In fact, using the names “Felix Jones” and “Jerome Bettis” in the same sentence is ABSURD…

  73. purplereign2 says: Aug 27, 2013 2:25 PM

    jtbsteeler says:
    Aug 23, 2013 12:56 PM
    Cody, McPhee, Upshaw, Doss, Jimmy Smith = Draft busts

    ———————–

    Ogden, Lewis, Reed, Flacco, Rice, Boulware, McAlister, Jamal Lewis, Heap, Suggs, Ngata, Grubbs, Jermaine Lewis, Stokley, Adalius thomas, Koch, Yanda, McClain, Smith, Webb, Kruger, Dickson, PItta, Art Jones. . .

    Any questions?

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