The Philadelphia Eagles had a busy Thursday making changes to their roster, making one player-for-player trade and cutting four others.
Running back Dion Lewis, acquired in the 2011 draft by Philadelphia, was traded to the Cleveland Browns. In exchange, the Birds acquired linebacker Emmanuel Acho in another move to prepare for the widely expected shift to a 3-4 scheme by Philadelphia.
Lewis’ loss is one the team could easily afford, as the former Pitt RB did not see much playing time in 2012. He made a total of just 13 carries for 69 yards and 1 touchdown.
The Eagles elected to acquire Acho (6-1, 240) based on his collegiate achievements, as he saw no playing time last season after being drafted by the Browns suffering a knee injury that placed him on Injured Reserve. During his career at the University of Texas, the 22-year old linebacker appeared in 48 games where he recorded 280 tackles, eight sacks, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Among his achievements, Acho started 13 games as a senior in 2011, garnering All-Big 12 first-team honors after leading the Longhorns with 131 tackles while adding three sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.
The following players weren’t so lucky as to find themselves traded to another team and instead were cut by the Eagles: LB Ryan Rau, LB Marcus Dowtin, WR Ron Johnson and CB Chris Hawkins.