The Philadelphia Eagles received much needed help by purchasing Jordan Howard from the Chicago Bears on Thursday.
The Bears will receive a sixth-round selection in 2020, which can become the fifth round, told a league source Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Howard, 24, who played three seasons with the Bears, stormed over 1,000 yards in both 2016 and 2017. In the NFL, he is since his entry into the league in third place. Jordan Howard is the best trained runner in the Eagles roster.
Philly struggled on the ground last season, finishing in 28th place in Rush Yards (1,570) and second in yards (3.9). The Eagles' leading loner, rookie Josh Adams, landed at # 41
Two of their top names in the backcountry, Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles, are both free agents. Coach Doug Pederson said this week that he wants Sproles back for another year. The veteran has not publicly committed to play another season.
Howard enters the last year of his rookie deal and is expected to earn around $ 2 million in 2019. A fifth round in 2016, he made his rookie season with the Pro Bowl after 1,313 yards in 252 attempts – an average of 5.2 yards per carry – and scored a total of seven touchdowns. He followed that up with another 1,122 yard yards and nine touchdowns in 2017.
Howard struggled to fit into Matt Nagy's offense in 2018 and saw his average decline fell to 3.7 yards per carry. He finished last season with 935 yards and nine touchdowns. He also got 20 passes for 145 yards.