Eagles Acquire Young Defensive End From Cleveland Browns

The Eagles listened to their fans and made a move at the trade deadline! Unfortunately though, this was a move that came out of left field -- the Eagles traded an undisclosed draft pick to acquire Genard Avery from the Cleveland Browns.

It's likely you never heard of Avery before. He was buried deep on the Browns depth chart at defensive end, behind the likes of Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon. He is just 24 years old, and was a 5th-round draft pick of the Browns in 2018.

He's played in just two games in 2019 and hasn't made any sort of impact in those games. Before Vernon was added, Avery made some noise in 2018 thanks to Garrett taking most of the attention; Avery had 4.5 sacks in five starts (16 total games played). Last season he finished second among rookie edge-rushers with 42 pressures. The Eagles got a close look at Avery in the team's preseason game last year, when got a strip-sack on Nick Foles.

It's unclear what type of role he'll have in Philadelphia because we don't know if the Eagles feel he should be ahead of Josh Sweat and Vinny Curry on the depth chart. This could be a precursor to another move, which could maybe send one of those previously mentioned defensive ends out the door to try and add a "bigger name" in a trade.


At the end of the day this seems to be a decent-enough move to add some depth along the defensive line. Browns fans certainly don't seem to be happy about the trade.

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