Early on Tuesday morning, the Philadelphia Eagles made a shocking move that was very unexpected. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Eagles have traded for running back Jay Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins for a 2018 fourth round pick.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 31, 2017
Ajayi made it to the Pro Bowl last season when he totaled 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns on 260 carries (a 4.9 yards per carry average) through 15 games.
However, this season was a far different story for Ajayi and the Dolphins. Ajayi’s numbers are down, just 465 yards on 138 carries through seven games thus far, and he became unhappy with the current situation in Miami.
As a result, a team like the Eagles was able to jump in and snag Ajayi for an extremely cheap price. Ajayi has potential to be one of the league’s top running backs, and Philadelphia was able to acquire him for only a fourth round pick. Eagles’ general manager Howie Roseman pulled off a shocking trade that helps both for this season and the future.
Philadelphia, who was already fifth in the NFL in rushing, added on another offensive weapon with this trade. Ajayi will be an excellent compliment to LeGarrette Blount, who is putting together a good season (467 yards and two touchdowns). Together, they form a potent one-two punch that opposing defenses will struggle to stop.
Add on Carson Wentz and the bevy of options that he has to throw to and the Eagles are set to make a deep playoff run this season. Super Bowls are often won by teams with good running games and good defenses, and the Eagles have both.
However, this trade will also help Philadelphia in the future. Ajayi is only 24 years old, has great potential, and is under contract until the 2018 season. The Eagles might have found their franchise running back, and they acquired him for only a fourth round pick.
Whether or not Ajayi ends up being that franchise running back that Philadelphia is looking for, he will definitely help their offense this season. This trade arguably makes the Eagles front runners in the NFC, and maybe even the NFL. General manager Howie Roseman deserves all of the credit for pulling this one off, and Eagles fans should be singing his praises for today and many days to come.