Sources: Eagles shopping RB Dion Lewis

Sources: Eagles shopping RB Dion Lewis
April 3, 2013, 4:15 pm
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With a logjam at running back, the Eagles are looking to deal third-year halfback Dion Lewis before the draft, according to multiple league sources.

They’ll need some luck.

Lewis, who rushed for 69 yards on 13 carries and scored a 17-yard touchdown last year, is buried behind LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk on the depth chart. He also provides little special teams value for the Eagles. His availability on the trade market was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Eagles will be hard-pressed to find a trade partner for Lewis, a 2011 fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh who was inactive for the six of the first seven games in 2012 and didn’t get his first carry last year until Nov. 26.

Perhaps they can find a running-back needy team that was once high on the 5-foot-8, 195-pound former college star who tied Tony Dorsett’s record at Pitt for most career 100-yard games and left as the school’s fourth-leading rusher. He rushed for more yards in his two years at Pitt than McCoy did after his two seasons at Pitt. Lewis has just 38 career NFL carries but has averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

Lewis, 22, had rushed for 102 yards on 23 carries in his rookie season, averaging 4.4 yards per carry, but was also arrested last July in Albany, N.Y., on felony charges after he allegedly knocked down a glass-door entrance and pulled a fire alarm. Charges were eventually dropped.

Lewis went into training camp last year as the team’s most experienced backup behind McCoy but suffered a hamstring injury in camp and was eventually beaten out by Brown for the No. 2 ball carrier job. Polk, a rookie free agent, contributed on special teams.

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