One of the most curious moves Howie Roseman made in recent memory came two seasons ago when he traded a fourth-round pick in 2021 to the Cleveland Browns to acquire edge rusher Genard Avery.
At 6'0 250lbs, Avery has long been considered undersized for his position. With Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett and Josh Sweat ahead of him on the depth chart, he has never really had a chance to show what he can do as an edge rusher for the Birds (159 defensive snaps in two seasons).
Avery will have a chance to prove his talent this summer, as he is reportedly switching positions and becoming a full-time linebacker in 2021.
Linebacker has long been a neglected position in Philadelphia, and last year's linebacker depth was among the worst in team history (aside from the pleasant emergence of Alex Singleton). With Singleton likely the only roster lock at the position this coming season, Avery will have a fair shot at earning a linebacker spot on the 53-man roster. Maybe he will finally show that trading away a mid-round pick for him wasn't a waste of an investment.