Chip Kelly continues to shake up the Philadelphia Eagles roster.
The Eagles traded running back Dion Lewis to the Cleveland Browns for linebacker Emmanuel Acho Thursday afternoon. It's surprising that the Eagles and Browns and still trade partners not too long after Philadelphia beat out Cleveland for Kelly's head coaching services. A fifth-round pick in 2011, Lewis rushed for 69 yards on only 13 carries last season as Bryce Brown emerged as Lesean McCoy's backup. Lewis had fallen to fourth on the team's depth chart behind McCoy, Brown & Chris Polk. Acho was drafted in the sixth round of last year's draft but unfortunately spent the entire 2012 season on injured reserve with a knee injury.
What This Trade Means For Cleveland
Upon his arrival in Cleveland, Lewis has his age (22) and yards per carry (4.8) working in his favor as he battles Chris Ogbonnaya and Montario Hardesty for a backup role to starter Trent Richardson. If Lewis can show the same poise and talent he showcased in his two years at Pittsburgh, where he broke Tony Dorsett's freshman rushing record, he will probably end up as a third-down back and kickoff returner.
What This Trade Means For Philadelphia
An interesting story to take out of the acquisition of Acho is that it reunites him with Billy Davis, his linebackers coach in Cleveland who is now the defensive coordinator for the Eagles. His presence and experience as a 3-4 inside linebacker will certainly add even more depth to an already crowded linebacker core. The Texas alum's primary use for now will probably be on special teams, where the Eagles will enjoy his 4.73 40-yard dash speed.