Eagles trade Dion Lewis to Browns for Emmanuel Acho

Eagles trade Dion Lewis to Browns for Emmanuel Acho
April 11, 2013, 11:45 am
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Roster Moves

The Eagles on Thursday released four players: linebackers Ryan Rau and Marcus Dowtin, wide receiver Ron Johnson, and cornerback Chris Hawkins.

The Eagles made it known recently that they were looking for a trade partner to take running back Dion Lewis from their roster.

Lo and behold, they found one.

The team dealt the third-year pro to Cleveland on Thursday in exchange for linebacker Emmanuel Acho, a trade far more interesting because of the teams that were involved than the players who changed jerseys.

The Browns, headed by former Eagles president Joe Banner, haven’t exactly been on warm terms with the Eagles stemming from an offseason verbal feud between Banner and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.

In a CSNPhilly.com story in January, Lurie had called out Banner as the anonymous source fueling some unflattering stories written about the Eagles and general manager Howie Roseman going back to the 2012 season.

With bygones seemingly behind them, the two teams worked out a deal that probably won’t benefit either team in the long term.

The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Acho, taken by the Browns in the sixth round of last year’s draft out of Texas, didn’t play any games last year for Cleveland, spending the season on IR with a knee injury. His position coach was Billy Davis, now the defensive coordinator the Eagles. He will compete for a spot in camp with a slew of other bodies hoping to make an impression for Eagles coaches or on film for the rest of the league.

Lewis had fallen behind LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk in the Eagles’ pecking order and doesn’t fit the system Kelly plans to run. He had no future with the organization.

The Eagles probably were hoping to score a low-round draft pick for Lewis, who rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown last year on 13 carries but was inactive for six of the first seven games, but couldn’t find anyone willing to part ways with draft compensation.

Lewis isn’t a sure shot to make Cleveland’s roster and will have to compete for a spot behind last year’s first-round pick Trent Richardson and backup Montario Hardesty, but he’s only 22 and has a career average of 4.8 yards per carry, so he stands a good chance to latch on somewhere if the Browns can’t find room for him.