New offense, same question for Jordan Howard after Eagles trade

Elena Summers
March 30, 2019

The Bears finally found a taker for Jordan Howard, trading him to the Eagles for a conditional sixth round pick that can be a fifth rounder, according to Adam Schefter.

And while it certainly hurts to see him leave, the Bears obviously have a plan to improve the production from the running back position.

A fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Howard didn't get off the bench in his first game with the Bears.

Jordan Howard is getting a change of scene, but will it really be that different?

Last season, the 6-foot, 224-pounds Howard carried 250 times for 935 yards and nine touchdowns while catching 20 passes for 145 yards. He also recorded 72 catches for 568 yards (7.9 avg) and a score. And in the Eagles' case, neither does the signing of defensive tackle Malik Jackson, who did not have an expiring contract and was simply released by the Jacksonville Jaguars before the start of free agency. But he came on to run for 1,313 yards and six touchdowns on 252 carries to earn a spot in the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

The 24-year-old was drafted out of the University of IN in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. If he doesn't pan out, the Eagles are free of a financial commitment beyond 2019.

Some will question the decision by the Bears to move on from Howard after only three seasons, but with Tarik Cohen already on board on top of the recent signing of Mike Davis, Chicago's backfield was a little too crowded. Eagles had been looking to supplement their running options following the departures of Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles.

A fifth-round draft pick out of IN in 2016, Howard has 13 100-yard rushing games IN his career, tied for the third-most IN the National Football League IN that span.

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