Another player-for-player trade today in the NFL.
Per Adam Caplan of ESPN and SiriusXM, the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers that will send RB Felix Jones to the six-time Super Bowl champions for LB Adrian Robinson.
Jones suffered a rib injury in last week's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers and was starting to fall out of favor with the Eagles. It was becoming very unlikely that he would make the final 53-man roster. Chris Polk has begun to emerge as a strong third running back for the Eagles and easily shot past Jones on the depth chart.
Robinson was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and appeared in 12 games, playing strictly special teams.
The trade certainly works for both sides. The Eagles add another body at outside linebacker, where they are pretty thin behind Connor Barwin, Trent Cole and Brandon Graham. Besides Phillip Hunt, who tore his ACL earlier this month, only Travis Long, Chris McCoy and Everette Brown are listed at outside linebacker beyond those three on the team's official website.
Meanwhile, the Steelers just lost Le'Veon Bell for at least six weeks to a Lisfranc injury, as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday.
With Bell out, Issac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer are currently the top two running backs on the depth chart, according to the Steelers' official website. However, neither can really be a feature back. The move could have been made to provide a veteran presence for Redman and Dwyer.
Jones was signed in May by the Eagles after five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. The 22nd overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft played in all 16 games for the Cowboys in 2012, carrying the ball 111 times for 402 yards (3.6 YPC) and three touchdowns. He also caught 25 passes for 262 yards and added two receiving touchdowns.
Jones sports a 4.8 career YPC on 569 career carries (2,728 career rushing yards), with 11 career rushing touchdowns.
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