No room for Bryce Brown in Philadelphia


PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown was caught in a numbers game.

The Eagles traded Brown to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.

With All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy, newly acquired Darren Sproles, and Matthew Tucker, playing time would have been limited for Brown.

In return for Brown, the Bills will receive a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick that can become a 2016 third-round pick, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Bills and Eagles also swapped 2014 seventh-round selections as part of the deal.

The 22-year-old Brown rushed for 878 yards and six touchdowns over two seasons with the Eagles. He had problems with ball security in his rookie season, losing three of his four fumbles, but rebounded with no fumbles in his second season.

Brown has tremendous ability, but he was clearly not going to receive many touches unless the Eagles were hit with the injury bug. When Sproles was brought in, it had to signify Brown falling further on the team’s depth chart.

Brown averaged 4.2 yards per carry under coach Chip Kelly, but he seemed to lack the explosive type of runs he managed as a rookie. Too many times, Brown would take a handoff and go to the outside instead of pouncing through the hole up the middle.