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Reports: Texans trade DeMeco Ryans to Eagles

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 20, 2012 – 5:35 pm

According to multiple reports, the Texans are trading inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2012 draft pick. The move is not official and has not been announced by the team.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported the news on Tuesday evening. Jay Glazer of FOX corroborated the report, saying it was for a mid-round pick and calling it a “win-win trade for both teams.”

Ryans is the Texans’ all-time leading tackler and a long-time captain. A second-round draft pick in 2006, he won the Texans’ Ed Block Courage Award in 2011 after recovering from a 2010 torn Achilles, playing through an elbow injury and starting all 16 games for the league’s No. 2 defense. But for the first time in his career, he was not an every-down player, coming off the field in passing situations in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense.

Darryl Sharpton would likely replace Ryans in the starting lineup. A fourth-round pick out of Miami in 2010, Sharpton suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury last season against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

UPDATE: The Eagles announced on Twitter that they will send the Texans a fourth-round pick for Ryans. It’s the fourth pick of the fourth round, which the Eagles previously acquired from Tampa Bay. The Eagles and Texans also will swap third-round draft picks, meaning the Texans will move up from 89th overall to 77th.

UPDATE 2: Texans general manager Rick Smith issued a statement on Ryans on Tuesday evening, praising Ryans’ class and leadership and calling the trade “mutually beneficial” for the Texans, Ryans and the Eagles.

UPDATE 3: The Eagles will introduce Ryans at a press conference at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT) on Wednesday. It will be available live on PhiladelphiaEagles.com.

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28 Responses to “Reports: Texans trade DeMeco Ryans to Eagles”

  1. By John Moreno on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry to see him go. He was the leader of our defense and while his numbers had fallen quite dramatically in the last 2 years (2010 was an injury year) I know he had the respect of his teammates. Good luck in Philly.

  2. By peytonmanningforpresident on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    What is going on with this team??? This is horrible!!!! To let a team player like DeMeco go is a crime…Rick Smith needs to go…Has the salaried cap been so mismanaged at the expense of GOOD PLAYERS? As a PSL owner, I’m tired of seeing everyday another player gone for NO good reason. Someone in the head office needs a “check up from the neck up”…Things are not right in the Texans world right now…Many more players gone, I will be gone. I’m not willing to start all over again with new players. Finally after 9 seasons we got a winning result somewhat…Get it together guys…

  3. By IrishTexan72 on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    Hoping the Texans leadership knows what they are doing. I am completely at a loss as to the reasoning behind this. I understand Ryans is a 4-3 player but dang, he is an outstanding player who i’m sure could learn the 3-4. Not happy with this trade at all.

  4. By Emmanuel on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    Not a good move where’s the loyalty

  5. By cesar benavides on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    rick smith should be fired for all the wrong,horrible decisiones hes making,,,there goes our defense,,,first mario and now demeco,,,way to go texans,,,and to think that i was becoming a fan…

  6. By Jez on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    What?!!?!!? No!! DeMeco and Cushing were a good duo!! I still can’t believe this.

  7. By Sandra on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    Not happy about this trade and all we got is a 4th round draft pick!!! What an insult to DeMeco and the Texans fans!!

  8. By nfl fan70 on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    This may be one of the worst trades ever. Was this guy sleeping with someone’s wife? That’s the only way this deal makes any sense at all, and even then the Eagles bent you over.

  9. By Eric on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    Rick Smith…you better know what you are doing with this one. As of now, I do not approve.

  10. By stub on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    Bob I hope you don’t give Ric Smith a extension till after this season!!!!

  11. By James Ray on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    This is getting out of hand. HEY RICKY, lets cut the entire team so we can be under the cap. Once again you prove that you do not have a damn brain in the head of yours. While your at at trade Ben Tate for a 6th and 7th round pick. Even though the NFL is a business, fans and players alike appreciate loyalty.

  12. By Chosen on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    This is awful. I understand the 6 million he was due, the injury and the new scheme but DeMeco can flat out play. He has been a rock in our defense. Im not saying Sharpton cant play. Our defense is stout but a 4th rounder and a few picks up in the 3rd. We could have done much better than that!! The guys we bring in will be at best special teams guys this season. I am and will always be a fan but I think we could have done a little better especially being that close to a championship.

  13. By Freddie on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    i am a new Texan fn and been watching them on direct tv and ryans and cushing were an awesome tandem why break it up? is this al davis re incarnated?

  14. By Ryan on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    What are we doing? Rick Smith and the rest of the boys in the front office are single handidly tearing apart the team. I really dont understand thie DeMeco trade. Captain of the defense, pro-bowler, and young and we trade for a 4th round pick. Someone help me understand.

  15. By Carlos on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    Worst decision everrrrrrr! what the heck is wrong with you rick……. do you wanna ruin our chances on a superbowl! keep it up and thats what ur going to dooo

  16. By chuck902 on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    Any Texan Fan that thinks these moves are good ,are the kind of fan thats just happy to have a team.I want a winning team.After 10 years we”the Texans”finally make the play-offs and they start getting rid of players.Trading Ryans for a fourth round pick is the last straw.this sounds more of a McNair thing than a Ric Smith thing.of cource Smith will cover for McNair.This is the kind of thing that makes people root against the Texans.When I went to Pittsburg Game there where more people wearing Steeler jerseys,that’s sad.I’m a Texan fan but it get harder and harder to support a team that has a owner that dosn’t care about the fans.

  17. By Cindra on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    I have loved the Texans since 2002 when they beat the CowBoys, but I can’t understand why you would trade for any of our defense players they are what kept us in the games. As you know defenses is what wins championships!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. By James Ray on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    Amen chuck! This off season thus far is been a nightmare for true TEXANS FANS!!

  19. By Javier on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    We need a second receiver! Hugh texans fan, but I will miss Ryans. NEXT MAN UP is right.

  20. By Chris on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    I agree. Not a good trade, we need few additions. Too many good losses.

  21. By Lupe on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    Man i am pissed off i am a huge Texans fan and hate this, first Mario now Demeco whats next Andre. WTF

  22. By Eagles Fan on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    I thought this trade was pretty ridiculous too and I’m on the other side of the table. I will say our GM must have some pixie dust in his pockets. I would definitely want to go to a car lot with him. Thanks for Ryans, we really need him.

  23. By Bob on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    Dumbest idea ever!!! Rick better know what he is doing. I don’t see the point of trading Demeco Ryan. Watch Texans fail apart because of him. At this rate, I don’t believe he is not even supporting the Texans. I believe Bob McNair should fire him and get a smartner person. Even though they want to draft that bad, what not take Kendall Wright for first pick and sign Patrick Edwards since he also want to help A. Johnson! Even I know how to make plans about this. Just come on dude! We gonna lose our 4th person! As you keep doing this, fans will decrease!

  24. By Bob on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    Dumbest idea ever!!! Rick better know what he is doing. I don’t see the point of trading Demeco Ryan. Watch Texans fail apart because of him. At this rate, I don’t believe he is not even supporting the Texans. I believe Bob McNair should fire him and get a smartner person. Even though they want to draft that bad, whynot take Kendall Wright for first pick and sign Patrick Edwards since he also want to help A. Johnson!

  25. By Cowardly on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    The worst part about this to me was the cowardly way that it was done and announced. He must have known deep-down what a mistake he made. A tiny written statement released to the press over a guy that was a heart of the Texans defense, and a true leader since he arrived in Houston. Did he even try to get a better deal, or did he take the first call that came in. Shame on you Rick, Ryans deserved better treatment than that. If it really was win-win trade, why have you been in hiding since it became known? if you notice, it is the same way they handled Mario’s departure. No info, a tiny blurb, and go into hiding. Sad.

  26. By Allthingsphilly on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    I am an Eagle fan and went on your site to see the reaction to the trade. Not having a Superbowl of our own I feel your pain. I am glad to know how respected and liked by fans/team mates Ryans is. I was worried that he might be damaged goods. Sounds like the Eagles made a great move. I remember when they left Westbrook go I was furious, wound up being a sound decision. Maybe it will turn out that way for you and it is really a win/ win.

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