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Old 05-21-2012   #1
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One of the most underrated moves of the 2012 offseason came when the Eagles fleeced the Texans for Pro Bowl middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans. But with the Texans committed to a 3-4 defense and Ryans fitting much better in a 4-3 system, the Texans had no choice than to take what they could get.

For Ryans, he knew something was coming.

“My feelings weren’t hurt,” Ryans said over the weekend at his golf tournament in Alabama, via the Tuscaloosa News. “I saw the road changing during the season last year. I kind of start[ed] seeing that, maybe this can’t go on for too long. So when the move came, I was OK with it.”

While he embraced the move to a new team, the geographic aspect is taking some getting used to.

“It’s a big difference living in the [Houston] suburbs to living in the city,” Ryans said. “There is a lot more taking taxis and parking in parking garages. I’m happy I’m there now. I’m happy they didn’t trade me during the season, because now I can take my time getting used to the lay of the city.”

And so he sees it, as he should, as a new beginning.

“I’m happy to be a part of this team, happy to be going back to the 4-3 as a middle linebacker,” Ryans said. “It’s like getting drafted all over again. I’m excited about it and happy to be in Philly starting new.”

The Eagles and their fans are happy about it, too, given the struggles the team experienced at the linebacker position in 2011. Of course, some of that may have something to do with the team’s new “Wide Nine” get-to-the-quarterback approach to line play, which may be leaving the linebackers more exposed to blocks from the offensive linemen by whom the defensive ends are flying.

With an upgrade at the linebacker position, we’ll know more soon about whether it was the quality of the players or the consequences of the system that hurt the team’s linebacking corps during the season of the unfulfilled dream team.
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I really don't understand the (seemingly) widely held idea that we were "fleeced". DeMeco Ryans has been an outstanding player and he may very well have some good football ahead of him but he did not fit in this defense and his value was "all-over-the-place" following his injury. I prefer to think of the trade that sent him to Philadelphia as the Texans doing the right thing for a good player who earned that kind of treatment while getting something in return.

The Texans got something, DeMeco got something, and the Eagles got something. I really don't see a loser there. Maybe if DeMeco had never been hurt we might have entertained higher offers but he did get hurt and that changed everything.
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I really don't understand the (seemingly) widely held idea that we were "fleeced". DeMeco Ryans has been an outstanding player and he may very well have some good football ahead of him but he did not fit in this defense and his value was "all-over-the-place" following his injury. I prefer to think of the trade that sent him to Philadelphia as the Texans doing the right thing for a good player who earned that kind of treatment while getting something in return.

The Texans got something, DeMeco got something, and the Eagles got something. I really don't see a loser there. Maybe if DeMeco had never been hurt we might have entertained higher offers but he did get hurt and that changed everything.
We don't think the Texans got fleeced because we know what his value to the new defense was, especially considering his salary. From the Eagles point of view this was a steal. They got a great player that fits their scheme perfectly for a 3rd rounder!
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I really don't understand the (seemingly) widely held idea that we were "fleeced". DeMeco Ryans has been an outstanding player and he may very well have some good football ahead of him but he did not fit in this defense and his value was "all-over-the-place" following his injury. I prefer to think of the trade that sent him to Philadelphia as the Texans doing the right thing for a good player who earned that kind of treatment while getting something in return.

The Texans got something, DeMeco got something, and the Eagles got something. I really don't see a loser there. Maybe if DeMeco had never been hurt we might have entertained higher offers but he did get hurt and that changed everything.
It's because he was a two-time probowler, and that's all that's looked at by anyone who doesn't watch this team or know the situation.
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Rep your way. Thank you for sharing this.

You know what, guys and gals? DeMeco has been a class act from start to finish. I think Mario Williams could learn a thing or two from DeMeco about how to leave with good character and how to say things in fairness to all involved.

Will always root for DeMeco since he kept it real. Mario? Will not root for the guy; won't root against him either...just have no vested interest in his success with his new team. I hope 'Meco wrecks the NFC East though.
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I really don't understand the (seemingly) widely held idea that we were "fleeced". DeMeco Ryans has been an outstanding player and he may very well have some good football ahead of him but he did not fit in this defense and his value was "all-over-the-place" following his injury. I prefer to think of the trade that sent him to Philadelphia as the Texans doing the right thing for a good player who earned that kind of treatment while getting something in return.

The Texans got something, DeMeco got something, and the Eagles got something. I really don't see a loser there. Maybe if DeMeco had never been hurt we might have entertained higher offers but he did get hurt and that changed everything.
Yup. Assante Samual, another pro-bowler, was traded for a 7th. Yet, it was the Texans that was "fleeced" by only getting a 4th for D-Ryans. Sure, Samuel was due more $, but still.
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