Texans trade Jeff Maehl to Eagles


Another player who played for coach Chip Kelly at Oregon will be joining him in Philadelphia.

The Eagles have announced that they have acquired wide receiver Jeff Maehl in a trade with the Texans for offensive lineman Nate Menkin. Maehl played for Kelly for four years in Eugene, the first two when Kelly was the offensive coordinator, and finished his college career tied for the top spot on the school’s all-time reception and receiving touchdown lists.

Maehl hasn’t been as prolific in the pros. He made the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and played three games for them in 2011 without catching a pass. His familiarity with Kelly may help him in the quest for a job, but it will more likely be as a special teamer than as a replacement for Jeremy Maclin and/or Arrelious Benn in the offense.

Menkin spent training camp with the Texans last year before being cut. The Eagles picked him up on waivers, but he didn’t play a game with them before winding up on injured reserve with rather painful sounding fractured cartilage in his throat. He gives Houston some depth with offensive linemen Wade Smith and Brennan Williams currently down with injuries.