In a move that is being painted as “Chip Kelly remaking his roster,” the Cleveland Browns have acquired running back Dion Lewis from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for linebacker Emmanuel Acho.
A fifth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011, Lewis lost backup duties in Philly to Bryce Brown during training camp last season. At just 22 years of age, Lewis has averaged 4.75 yards per carry on 36 career carries. The 5-foot-8-inch, 190-pound back will push Montario Hardesty for the change-of-pace role behind workhorse Trent Richardson in Cleveland.
“Dion is a back who runs with very good quickness and vision,” said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. “He is a promising young player who will add depth, which is extremely important at that position.”
Earlier this month, it was reported that Lewis was “too small” for Chip Kelly’s offense with the Eagles.
“Dion had an extremely productive college career and responded well in his limited chances with the Eagles,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “We felt this would be a good opportunity for him and us, and we are happy that Dion is now a member of the Browns.”
In 2012, Acho went down in Cleveland’s second preseason game with an undisclosed injury and never returned. A sixth-round pick out of Texas, he was going to be a reserve on defense and play special teams. Given the additions at linebacker this past off-season, coupled with his penchant for getting swallowed up by linemen in college, the 22-year old was not guaranteed a roster spot.
This transaction was first reported by DraftBrowns.com’s Ryan Alton.