There has been one question dominating the Philadelphia Eagles offseason: what is the team going to do at running back? That question has been answered tonight, as the Eagles announced they have acquired Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard.
In 47 career games, Howard has amassed 3,370 rushing yards on 778 attempts, getting into the endzone 24 times on the ground. He also has some decent receiving numbers, catching 72 passes for 568 yards and a touchdown. Howard's 3,370 yards on the ground puts him third in the NFL in rushing since 2016.
Back in October, NFL insider John Clayton suggested the Eagles had interest in Howard, but a trade wasn't made at the deadline to acquire him. Vice President of Player Personnel Joe Douglas was the Director of College Scouting for the Chicago Bears when they drafted Howard back in 2016, so there's a strong possibility he had some pull in wanting this trade to go through. The Eagles hired Douglas immediately after that year's draft.
Howard will be the favorite to win the starting job out of the backfield in training camp. Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams, and Boston Scott will all be fighting for additional playing time.
The Eagles didn't have to give up any picks in this year's draft, so they can use their seven picks in April on positions they need more depth at like the offensive line, defensive line, linebacker and safety.