The Eagles pulled off their most surprising and exciting move of the offseason when they sent a 3rd & 4th round pick to the Texans for two time Pro Bowl MLB DeMeco Ryans and the Texans 3rd round pick. It appears as though the position that the team has been deficient at for so long has finally been filled. Fans are excited as is the Eagles front office.
"DeMeco is a proven Pro Bowl linebacker in this league and we're excited to be able to plug him into the middle of our defense," said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. "He's been the signal caller and a leader on a very good Texans defense for the last several years. He's a tough, instinctive football player and he'll be a great fit for our team."
"We're thrilled to be able to add a young and productive linebacker in DeMeco Ryans," said general manager Howie Roseman. "We'd like to thank [Houston general manager] Rick Smith and the Texans. Once we found out that he could be available to us in a trade, we quickly found a way to work together to produce a good outcome for both teams."
Texans' GM Rick Smith also released a statement paying tribute to Ryans, which should give us a good idea of the esteem he was held in as a leader there.
DeMeco Ryans contributed significantly toward helping us build the foundation we hope will bring a world championship to the city of Houston," Smith said in a statement distributed by the team. "His professionalism and leadership cannot be over-exaggerated. This move was mutually beneficial for the Texans immediate and long-term goals, DeMeco's career, and the Philadelphia Eagles. We appreciate all the hard work and effort DeMeco invested in our organization and wish him only the best moving forward. He is a class act."
The Eagles may not have had this kind of leadership on the defensive side of the ball since #20 left. This is an exciting day for sure.