The Eagles have shipped Dion Lewis to the Cleveland Browns for linebacker Emmanuel Acho.
It was no secret that the 22-year-old Lewis was on the block. Chip Kelly sees three quality running back options in LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and second-year back Chris Polk. The 5-8, 195-pound Lewis apparently did not fit the bill for the new head coach.
Lewis slipped on the depth chart last season and finished with 13 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown.
Acho (6-1, 240) was drafted in the sixth round by the Browns last season. The 22-year-old Texas alum was placed on injured reserve in 2012 with a leg injury and did not see any game action.
His linebackers coach in Cleveland last season was Billy Davis, the new Eagles defensive coordinator.
Acho, who played inside linebacker for the Longhorns, ran a 4.68 4o at last year’s combine. NFL.com offered this overview prior to the ’12 draft:
Acho is a strong physical talent out of Texas who has been a productive force inside for the Longhorns the past two years. There are certain hitches in his athletic ability and running motion that inhibit him on the field, but he shows up consistently and knows how to tackle and play well in the box. He has shown the ability to be a special teamer at the next level and seems to have the temperamant to contribute there.
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