Published: Sat, March 30, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Eagles acquire Jordan Howard from Chicago Bears

Eagles acquire Jordan Howard from Chicago Bears

The Eagles acquired running back Jordan Howard from the Chicago Bears in exchange for a draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the team announced Thursday night.

In three seasons with the Chicago Bears, Jordan Howard rushed for 3,370 yards.

The Bears drafted Howard with a fifth-round pick out of in in 2016.

Howard's production dipped last season after the emergence of tailback Tarik Cohen in first-year head coach Matt Nagy's offense.

In 16 games last season, Howard amassed 935 rushing yards and 145 receiving yards.

"A 6'0" and 224-pound battering ram, Howard can also catch the ball out of the backfield, he's racked up 72 receptions during his three National Football League seasons.

Howard remains on his rookie contract. He experienced a statistical slip last season, and his yards per attempt have dipped each of the past two years, from 5.2 to 4.1 to 3.7.

Pace also unloads what would have been a $2.025 million salary for a projected backup and gains cap space for anticipated contract extensions (Leonard Floyd, Cody Whitehair) or late moves for veteran free agents. But he came on to run for 1,313 yards and six touchdowns on 252 carries to earn a spot in the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

The Bears have been expected to draft a running back to supplant Howard as the No. 1 back in Nagy's offense. Vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas was the Bears' director of college scouting when Howard was drafted. For the Eagles, they've added a young player at the position for a very low price, injecting much-needed talent to a group that combined for a team rushing grade of just 65.1 previous year - 28th among 32 teams. He'll add great depth and will see the field plenty, but the Bears are now on the hunt for a true Howard replacement.

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