Eagles Trade Felix Jones For LB Adrian Robinson

The Eagles made a trade today, sending running back Felix Jones to the Steelers in exchange for linebacker Adrian Robinson.

The deal is pending physicals and was first reported by Adam Caplan.

Robinson (6-1, 250) played outside linebacker with Pittsburgh. The Eagles currently have Connor Barwin and Trent Cole at those spots, with Brandon Graham rotating in. The other outside linebackers fighting for roster spots are Chris McCoy, Everette Brown and Travis Long.

Robinson played his college ball at Temple, starting 38 games at defensive end. He signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent before last season and was active for 12 games as a rookie, but played only on special teams. According to Pro Football Focus, he did not register a special-teams tackle. And per SteelersDepot.com, Mike Tomlin called Robinson a “one-trick pony” last year:

If you heard the NBC broadcast of the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night game against the Indianapolis Colts, you likely heard Cris Collinsworth talk about what head coach Mike Tomlin told him about undrafted free agent linebacker Adrian Robinson.

Collinsworth said that when he asked Tomlin about Robinson, who had solid first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Steelers coach described the Temple product as a one-trick pony that gets up the field, can rush the passer, but doesn’t play special teams and doesn’t drop.

As friend of the blog Sam Lynch points out, Robinson is not practice-squad eligible.

Going forward, don’t be surprised if the Eagles look at outside linebackers who get cut by other teams. This is still an area where they could look to add depth.

As for Jones, he was unimpressive in the first two preseason games and was unlikely to make the roster. The Eagles have their first three running back spots set with LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk. Undrafted free agent Matthew Tucker has a chance, but the Eagles could also add a running back from another team once more cuts are made.

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  • Wilbert M.

    This seems like a waste of time and effort. Bring in guys that can play or have upside.

    • theycallmerob

      Yes, because other teams are constantly letting those guys walk…

  • Token

    Hmm. Dont know the LB. But a few Steelers fans seemed to have liked him. At the same time, if LeBeau thinks hes expendable…….

  • All In Eagles

    Felix was going to be cut anyway but I agree, maybe could have looked for someone else. Either way, anyone we get for Felix probably wouldn’t be a lock to make the team anyway.

  • http://julianivey.com/ Julian Ivey

    We all know Jones was going to get cut so you might as well bring in another OLB and see if he pushes anyone to get a little better or can grab a spot.

  • hotcakes33

    Jones was going to be cut after Jax game anyway. OLB is an area where depth is needed. It’s. a no lose situation for Birds. Smart by both GMs.

    • kstagg

      Old Barney?

  • ReggieKush

    Good move howie, trade an older washed up RB for a young OLB with future potential. Nice..

  • Mr. Wu

    Probably wont make the team but jones was gonna be cut anyhow….not like there wasuch value there

  • Anon

    Don’t we have LBs that can rush the passer but not drop in coverage? Why trade trash for trash? I sort of feel bad for DCs in philly. Our front office is just not going to prioritize defense (see Roseman’s comments on why they didn’t draft more defensive players). Sad for a team with such a strong tradition of defense.

    • Cranky Caucasian

      Why not? What do you have to lose? You have a guy that was going to be cut at a position of strength (RB). Why waste time with him in the next game? Get a different player at a position of weakness (OLB) and see what he can do. Now is the time to do it.

      • Anon

        I agree, we should bring in OLBs, but we need ones that can cover — that’s the cole / graham issue (i guarantee they are better rushers than this guy). Why bring in a guy can’t do that? I’d rather find a scrub 3-4 OLB that can coverage, maybe he can teach the other guys. It’s like the 49ers / Chiefs trash swap.

        BGN had an article about how Eagles modernized the player swap. Have we gotten a decent player via swaps? TBD with Acho…

        • Cranky Caucasian

          I’m assuming this was the best (maybe only) offer they could get. Honestly surprised anyone would trade for him after the summer he had.

  • joethomas215

    Another OLB that can’t drop into coverage, great.

  • Cyrus Robinson

    Both teams probably chuckled to themselves and thought, “thank goodness we got rid of that guy.”

  • aub32

    “One trick pony”

    That’s one more trick than Felix Jones has at this point.

  • aub32

    What were some of you hoping to get. Teams swap players because they are both trash. No one is going to give you gold for handing them a piece of copper. Now we can see more Polk/Tucker, and we have someone to eat up reps this and next week against the 4th stringers.

    • CJ

      idk….how big’s the piece of cooper? that stuff ain’t cheap these days.

  • Dutch

    Davis and the Eagle could have done better keeping and converting Darryl Tapp, he’s making the change without complication with the Redskins from DE to OLB

  • Johnny Domino

    With their RB injuries, you’d think they could have held up the Stillers for more.

    A wash, basically.

  • Damien

    Loved Robinson at Temple. Good move.

  • PhEaglesPhan

    Good move, didn’t see Jones making an impact on this team like Brown and Polk did. Plus having extra LB’s can do no wrong, hopefully this kat can play somewhat, I’ve personally never watched him play so I don’t know what product we got out of this.

    • philliesfan136

      True, at least he can play on special teams ……. NOT! ……. See Mike Tomlin’s ” one trick pony ” comments. Shesh ! Howie, the king of worthless trades ! I got a trade for you ” Howie ” , go get Jarius Byrd. Since you f#%ked up on NOT drafting Earl Thomas ………… Idiot !!

  • LeClaw

    My thought is hopefully he will help the transition of our OLB and potentially be a descent back up…but I see this trade as a wash on the surface