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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