20 Mar 2012
This one stunned me at first, but apparently it makes more sense to people who watched the Texans a lot last year. Houston is dealing linebacker DeMeco Ryans to Philadelphia for a mid-round pick. Apparently, this is a similar issue to when the Jets got rid of Jonathan Vilma because he didn't fit after they moved to a 3-4 scheme. From Rivers McCown, our man in Houston, over e-mail:
"He was a two-down player last year, and might have lost the starting job to Darryl Sharpton had he not hurt himself. He hasn't been the same since the achilles injury. I love DeMeco and all, but given where the Texans are at cap-wise, I can see this making some sense for them. He was not the same player he was in 2009."
For the Eagles, though, it's hard to imagine a bigger need. They've been skimping on linebackers for years. Now they have a talented guy to sit in the middle of that defense and take on all the runners that get to slide through big gaping holes in the wide-9 pass rush.
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