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NFL News: Browns trade Emmanuel Acho to Philadelphia for Dion Lewis

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.

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  • MrCleaveland

    Wow, did we hose them. I thought Chip Kelly was supposed to be so smart.

  • Jaker

    Dion Lewis, Running Back. THEEE, Runnin’ Back Y’all.

  • Egg

    But the ever-knowledgeable and never-wrong sports media in this town told me that Banner and company were ticked off and wanted nothing to do with Philly! HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?!

  • This was not about Lewis being a poor fit for Kellys system. Rather it was about Lewis’ character issues. #SPIN

  • With that being said, we did get the better end of this deal as far as talent/upside is considered.

  • mgbode

    everyone, I would like to introduce the Browns new *KR, Dion Lewis.

    (kid was also good in extremely limited action for Philly and was a standout at UPitt, so he could also push Ogbannaya)

    *Benjamin and Skrine are PR’s by nature IMO.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    It’s a precursor to a T-Rich trade… I KNOW IT!

  • Those idiots Banner & Lombardi! They traded Emmanuel Lewis to Philly! Our best little player. I hate them so much!

  • Kildawg

    If Lewis can catch and hang on to the ball, I think he replaces Hardesty. Plus, he has youth and lack of injury history over Hardesty.

  • mgbode

    as long as it’s to Philly for McCoy, then i’m not complaining

  • I believe we also gave up our 6th round pick this year. Do the Browns have any more LBs than what they started with this at the beginning of free agency?

  • Egg

    Quick! Let’s call Tony Grossi so we know how to feel about it!

  • mgbode

    I don’t know if we have any more, but we are better off.

    Additions: Kruger, Groves
    Guys left from last year (that matter):

    DQ
    Sheard
    JMJ
    Robertson (nickel LBer)
    Fort?

  • Lost: Gocong, Fujita, Maiava, Acho. Gocong, Fujita, and Maiava all grade out higher than Groves. At this point, we need bodies

  • mgbode

    I completely disagree. I’d take Groves over Fujita and Maiava without any question.

    Groves is OLB and Gocong would have been ILB, so I think there was room for both (depending on Gocong’s recovery from the achilles and if he could get back his already limited speed).

    We need 7-8 LBers. We have 7 plus the draft. I’m not comfortable with the ILB situation currently, but I’m much less worried about LB than I am DB.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I liked this kid out of college sure he may lack the overall size but he’s versatile. Special teams, nice backup for TRich particularly on 3rd downs out of the backfield. And improves depth in the backfield. Good move IMO.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Huh, who’s grading scale are you using?

  • Sam

    You need to stop smoking that rock, man.

  • Sam

    I’d rather have a hot fajita than a Scott Fujita.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    What if it were to Dallas for Morris Claiborne and a third round pick? Would you do that?

  • BenRM

    Emmanuel Acho never got a fair chance! Just look who he had to play with! Scott Fujita, Kaluka Machiavelli, these guys aren’t true outside line backers! They aren’t even true Renaissance writers!

    Acho was a winner in college, and he’d be a winner in the NFL. Just look at Dwight Freeney, he’s undersized and he’s still a winner. Acho has heart, and guts, and moxie, and poise. He has that small town charm that makes you imagine he could be the one who writes you a letter every day for a year.

    This is just another of the FO conspiring against TRUE fans. I don’t have season tickets, but if I did, I wouldn’t renew them now!

  • MrCleaveland

    I hope Mary Kay contacts Emmanuel’s father to get the real dish.

  • mgbode

    no.

  • Jaker

    Magnificent

  • Harv 21

    Um, Fuji is retired with a neck issue (whether he knows it or not), Gocong’s effectiveness, maybe career, is up in the air post achilles. Acho? Maiava? Not sure they grade out higher than anybody. Browns can get comparable bodies, or better, in street free agents and late training camp cuts.

  • Harv 21

    I’ve retained security specialists to scrutinize and interpret the Lombardi reveal, now just 2 weeks away. They know what to look for, these guys: word choice, blinking patterns, hand placement, eye contact or lack thereof, weight loss or puffiness, video background, reliable proof that he is in fact speaking on the draft’s first day, reflexive cringing whenever Banner or Jimmy speak.

    #justdowhattheysaymike

  • Vindictive_Pat

    What if we traded T-Rich to Cincinnati for Dre Kirkpatrick and a 2nd round pick?

  • mgbode

    change that to Patrick Peterson and their 2nd rounder and I would even throw-in Lauvao (who sadly would be an upgrade on their OL)

  • mgbode

    I thought Lombardi’s role on draft day was to give sandwhiches to the media guys so that they’ll write up good reviews.

  • Garry_Owen

    Acho?

    Gesundheit!

  • Jake

    You wouldnt renew your tickets because the browns traded away a 6th round ilb. U compare him to dwight freeney a former first round pick sack machine. Thats a joke. Sure acho is a great story but all the moxie and charm means nothing when u blend it with average talent.

  • Jake

    For those saying we gave up such a great player in acho……then why did 203 players get picked over him just last season in the draft? Enough said.

  • BenRM

    Put your sarcasm glasses back on, homie.

  • Harv 21

    jake, my man, please … how bout this: It’s Pretend You Were an Acho Fan Day at WFNY.

    Ok, now you try.

  • mgbode

    i up-clicked it purely for the Machiavelli reference.

  • Bear

    The same reason 200+ people where picked before Tom Brady.

  • Wow

    well we know Rizzo did. Zing!

  • Jaker

    MacGruber don’t play like Homie, and homie don’t play like that

  • Back to my initial point…we actually have fewer LBs on the roster now than we did when FA started. We may have upgraded at the position, but we severely lack the number of bodies as we switch from a 4-3 to 3-4.

  • mgbode

    we didn’t lose anyone we cannot replace with guys still not signed or UDFA’s from the draft.

    the only LB position I’m overly concerned with is ILB as I don’t know if JMJ can handle a starting role. We also need a backup OLB (or starter if picked at #6).

    DB is a bigger issue.