Howard A 'Sleeper' Candidate For Trade To Eagles?

October 09, 2018 - 4:13 pm

(670 The Score) The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles are searching for answers at running back after losing starter Jay Ajayi to a torn ACL, and their attention could turn to Chicago.

Bears running back Jordan Howard could be a "sleeper" candidate for a trade with the Eagles, NFL insider John Clayton told Entercom affiliate SportsRadio 94WIP in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

"Jordan Howard in Chicago all of a sudden, he's losing playing time to Tarik Cohen, because they want the smaller type of quick back to go in that quick type of offense," Clayton told Jon Marks and Ike Reese on 94WIP.

"You'd like to have that nice one-two punch and Jordan Howard I think is one of the top 10 running backs in the league. I know that there seems to have been trade conversations earlier about him, maybe not initiated by the Bears, but that to me could be the sleeper one in the group, because he's a really good back and I think he could fit this offense."

Bears' backfield balance puts team first

Howard's place in the Bears' system has been questioned once again after he rushed just 11 times for 25 yards during the team's 48-10 win over the Buccaneers on Sept. 30, after which he appeared frustrated in leaving the locker room while declining to address reporters. Howard downplayed any dissatisfaction in brief comments Monday.

"I was happy," he said. "We won. You see how much we won by? So, there’s not really nothing to complain about."

Through four games, Howard has 64 rushes for 203 yards and one touchdown. By comparison, Cohen has rushed 27 times for 139 yards, while adding more of a threat in the passing game with 14 receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown.

Bears coach Matt Nagy gave Howard a vote of confidence Monday despite the apparent reduced role.

"Jordan understands what we’re trying to do as a team," Nagy said. "And he also understands -- and we’ve talked -- that he has a major part of this offense. He has a big-time role. But if it’s an advantage to us to go a different direction for that game or for that play or that series, we’re going to do that. As long as our guys understand that, we’ll be in good shape.

"Jordan is good with that. He understands it. And again, it’s just one of those games where he wasn’t a featured guy.  But collectively as a team -- forget just the offense -- the team played well. That’s what’s most important for all of us."