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

  • 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

  • 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 !!

  • CrackSammich

    You’re looking at it the wrong way. We may not have gotten a decent player in return, but we haven’t dumped a decent player to begin with. You’re correct–it’s a trash swap, and if we get something out of it. all the better. If we don’t, doesn’t matter anyway.

  • Damien

    Robinson was probably the best we could’ve gotten for Felix Trash Jones…

  • Justin

    Because you’re not going to trade trash for a star.

  • Johnny Domino

    Unless he really flashes and gives them a chance to get something for an out of position Cole or Graham. That would be a bonus.