Friday, August 23, 2013
Eagles pick up LB Robinson for Felix Jones
By Phil Sheridan
On name recognition, a trade involving running back Felix Jones probably seems like a significant deal. Jones, 26, was the Dallas Cowboys' first-round pick in 2008 and showed some promise during his five years with the team.
He has been a non-factor since signing with the Eagles this offseason, however. General manager Howie Roseman traded Jones to Pittsburgh this morning for linebacker Adrian Robinson.
It looks like a trade that, at best, won't hurt either club.
The Eagles need depth at outside linebacker, where Trent Cole and Brandon Graham are trying to make the transition from defensive end. Connor Barwin, the free agent acquisition from Houston, is the only outside linebacker on the roster with significant experience playing the position in a 3-4 alignment.
Robinson is just that, depth. The Harrisburg native, who played at Temple University, is 6-foot-1, 250 pounds. He was undrafted in 2012 and made the Steelers' roster. Robinson played in 12 games without recording a tackle, forced fumble or interception.
What he does bring is a feel for the Steelers' 3-4 system as operated by Dick LeBeau. That is the model for what new Eagles coordinator Bill Davis is working toward. So Robinson could make the 53-man as a backup and a special teams player. Remember, the Eagles lost linebacker Jason Phillips, who was expected to contribute on coverage teams.
With rookie running back Le'Veon Bell injured, the Steelers needed depth at that position. Jones, 26, carried the ball 12 times for 45 yards in two preseason games. With LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk in camp, there was little room for Jones. Rookie Matthew Tucker has looked better so far in camp.