The Linc - DeMeco Ryans & A Basketball/Rubgy Star Turned Tight End

NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Hayden Smith of the USA in action during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Italy and the USA at Trafalgar Park on September 27, 2011 in Nelson, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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The Eagles have worked out a 6-6, 265 pound former basketball player turned rugby star who is now looking to break into the NFL as a Tight End.

Lots to like about Ryans, but questions too
At first blush, the DeMeco Ryans trade has a lot to like. A lot. He was a Pro Bowler in 2007 and 2009 and AP defensive rookie of the year in 2006. Playing as a true middle linebacker in the 4-3 early in his career, he recorded more than 100 tackles each season.

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While DeMeco Ryans did alright in the Texans 3-4 defense playing in the base package and managing 27 stops, he has played a lot better when the team was a 4-3 defense. In 2009 which was Ryans last full season as a 4-3 middle linebacker, he had 54 stops which was seventh most for middle/inside linebackers that year.

DeMeco Ryans is a great get for Eagles - NFC East Blog - ESPN
Ryan will turn 28 years old in July and is signed through 2015 at about $6.5 million per year, although none of the money is guaranteed past this season. He immediately becomes the best linebacker on the Eagles' roster and is as strong an option as any they would have found on the free-agent market.

Tebow, the Eagles and speculation
The Eagles have one of the most talented collection of offensive skill players in the league. Tebow’s weakness actually throwing the ball would diminish all of them. Tebow also had his most success when he threw a limited number of passes: In six of his eight winning starts, Tebow attempted fewer than 25 passes while the Broncos defense kept the games close. The Eagles are built in exactly the opposite fashion

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