The defending NFC champion Eagles are adding another former Georgia soccer star to their roster.
The Detroit Lions have agreed to send running back D’Andre Swift to Philadelphia in a trade, the Eagles announced Saturday. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions received a seventh-round draft pick and a future fourth-round pick in exchange for Swift.
Philadelphia reportedly received a seventh round in addition to Swift.
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The move comes two days after the Lions used the No. 12 overall pick on former Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs.
After the Lions made the surprising decision to draft Gibbs, questions began to arise about Swift’s future in Motor City. On Thursday night, general manager Brad Holmes was asked what Swift’s position is with the team going forward.
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«I mean, D’Andre, he’s still on our roster, he’s still part of our team, he’s still under contract with us,» Holmes said. «He’s a dynamic soccer player, so he hadn’t really changed the math there yet. But he’s early, but he didn’t really change.»
Swift is a Philadelphia native who attended St. Joseph’s Prep, about 10 miles from the Eagles’ home stadium.
The Eagles have been adding the Georgia Bulldogs to their roster of late, selecting three players who played in Athens in the 2023 draft. Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith were selected in the first round of the draft Thursday, and the Eagles selected cornerback Kelee Ringo. in the fourth round on Saturday.
«We have reached an agreement with the Lions on a trade for RB @DAndreSwift…Welcome home.» the Eagles wrote in a tweet early Saturday morning.
Swift rushed for 542 yards and five touchdowns in his 14 games last season. He also caught 48 passes for 389 yards. Ankle and shoulder injuries sidelined Swift for the last three games of the regular season.
The Lions used a second-round draft pick on Swift in 2020. He has 1,680 career rushing yards.
Former Eagle Miles Sanders left for the Carolina Panthers earlier this offseason, which left a hole on the Eagles’ running back depth chart.
The Eagles signed former Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny in March. Swift’s addition adds more depth to the hallway room.
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Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott could also get carries.