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Report: Eagles trade Bryce Brown to Bills

Bryce Brown, Perry Riley AP

The Eagles kicked off the fourth round by taking defensive back Jaylen Watkins and they reportedly moved to add more picks for the future a bit later on Saturday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Eagles have traded running back Bryce Brown to the Bills. Philly will get a conditional fourth-round pick in 2015 that could upgrade to a third-round pick in 2016.

Brown’s departure from the Eagles has been rumored since the team acquired Darren Sproles to go with LeSean McCoy and Chris Polk, who had shoulder surgery this offseason. Brown has run for 878 yards and six touchdowns on 190 carries over two years with the Eagles, who picked Brown in the seventh round of the 2012 draft. Wherever they wind up picking as a result of this deal, the Eagles did a good job in terms of the return they got for Brown.

The Bills have C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, but they were believed to be interested in adding depth to the position during the draft as both vets can be free agents after the season. They’ve done that, but they’ve left themselves potentially short in next year’s draft with their first-round pick in 2015 already gone in the Sammy Watkins deal.

UPDATE 1:04 p.m. ET: Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the pick is the conditional 2015 fourth-rounder the Bills got in exchange for Stevie Johnson which could turn into a 2016 third-rounder or a 2016 fourth-rounder. Berman adds that the teams also swapped seventh-round picks this year.

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22 Responses to “Report: Eagles trade Bryce Brown to Bills”
  1. barsfordays says: May 10, 2014 1:02 PM

    As an Eagles fan im sad about this. Dude was lookin’ like a monster in 2012 for Andy when LeSean was injured… just never really caught on/got a fair shot in Chip’s offense, and this trade was almost inevitable. That being said, bring on De’Anthony Thomas.

  2. bleedgreen says: May 10, 2014 1:05 PM

    Why did we not trade him to the Bills for Stevie Johnson?

  3. babych99 says: May 10, 2014 1:06 PM

    Not a bad haul for a former 7th round pick that runs side to side and had a bad case of the fumbles.

  4. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: May 10, 2014 1:07 PM

    Mike Mayock called this a great move by the eiggles

  5. 49erfan44 says: May 10, 2014 1:08 PM

    Good, now they can trade us a pick for Lamichael James. Make it happen.

  6. pat91984 says: May 10, 2014 1:10 PM

    This is basically trading Stevie for Bryce Brown which is a great move considering Stevie’s downward spiral. The Bills have added 2 great backs this offseason in Brown and Dixon to cover ever RB scenario behind CJ and Fred Jackson. Adds great depth to the #2 rushing attack in the NFL!

  7. cobrala2 says: May 10, 2014 1:11 PM

    I liked Bryce his original season but damn if he couldn’t figure out how to cut upfield on the stretch runs that I’m pretty sure was his lone responsibility in Kelly’s offense. LeSean wanted a teammate to pick up some slack and Bryce couldn’t succeed in Kelly’s system. Doesn’t make him terrible but did make him expendable. I wish him the best.

  8. zukny1 says: May 10, 2014 1:12 PM

    Awesome straight line runner. Can’t help but think he could have gotten even more if more plays were made to fit his skill set like in 2012. Hope he succeeds in Buffalo.

  9. ravenswhat says: May 10, 2014 1:13 PM

    Bye bye Fred.

  10. arb927 says: May 10, 2014 1:15 PM

    de’anthony Thomas welcome to philly

  11. laboni64 says: May 10, 2014 1:21 PM

    The guy has raw skills and natural talent……the knack is fumbles….if he can cut down on those he will be one of hell of a pickup……its no secret that both Spiller and Jackson are free agents after the season….this could turn out to be a good player to have on the roster once that happens….IMO

  12. 49erfan44 says: May 10, 2014 1:25 PM

    Andy Reid screws the eagles again. I heard LaMichael James is available…

  13. 49erfan44 says: May 10, 2014 1:31 PM

    Wait. Did that guy just say a “great back” like Dixon? I loved Dixon when he was here, but he is a fiery special teamer at best.

  14. luther6 says: May 10, 2014 1:36 PM

    The Bills FO reeks of desperation.

    What they were building was promising, but they’ve essentially mortgaged the future. If EJ Manuel doesn’t pan out, it’ll take another 5 years to rebuild the Bills.

  15. sketchydave says: May 10, 2014 1:42 PM

    If they cut Fred Jackson aka the only consistent running back for the bills for the last five years who still has three years left of solid play, I will think this coaching staff and Front office has gone blind.

  16. stolendog23 says: May 10, 2014 2:07 PM

    Do people understand how football works on here? The Bills gave up a first round pick in 2015 for the elite playmaker in this draft. “If” EJ doesn’t pan out you can still get a QB in the second round, third round or through free agency next year. All this ridiculous talk that they “mortgaged the future” is so absurd it makes me question whether people actually follow trends in the NFL. Russell Wilson was a 3rd round pick, Kaepernick was a 2nd, Dalton was a 2nd, Brady, Favre yadda yadaa. I could go on and on but why bother. There are very few generational QB’s that come around (maybe Luck being one), sometimes you take a chance down the line, do your homework scouting and find a great player on day two. The Bills are doing some nice things this year and putting together a pretty explosive, exciting roster. If it doesn’t work it won’t be through a lack of trying. Whaley has made some aggressive, calculated moves.

  17. kgun80 says: May 10, 2014 2:15 PM

    Some depth is never a bad thing. A bigger back to bang it in isn’t a bad idea either.

  18. maltliquor says: May 10, 2014 2:19 PM

    @49erfan44.

    No one is going to give the 9ers a pick for a back they don’t want anyway.

  19. wecj3381wecj3381 says: May 10, 2014 2:43 PM

    Dear Buffalo,
    You can’t trade away all your picks for next year and then get a new set when you move cities.

  20. jayovalentine says: May 10, 2014 2:58 PM

    He’s gonna be the starting RB after Chip Spurrier runs Shady out of town next season.

  21. realfootballfan says: May 10, 2014 3:21 PM

    Long way from the days of his handler’s daily updates on what college campus he’d land.

  22. jdtimkey says: May 10, 2014 4:01 PM

    Doug Whaley a beast. Making moves all over the place. Its nice to know the Bills are finally trying to win.

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