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Eagles add DeMeco Ryans to their defense after trade with Texans

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The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired Houston Texas linebacker DeMeco Ryans.

Ryans is expected to pass a physical and attend a 3 pm news conference today. He was acquired for a fourth-round draft pick, as well as the teams swapping third-round picks.

Ryans is a two-time Pro Bowler and had 64 tackles in 16 games last season. He saw his playing time diminish once Wade Phillips arrived as defensive coordinator prior to last season when the team switched to a 3-4 scheme.

In 2010, he missed 10 games with a torn Achilles tendon in his left heel – the first time he missed games in his NFL career. Prior to the 2010 season, he did not miss a game in his first four years.

“DeMeco Ryans contributed significantly toward helping us build the foundation we hope will bring a world championship to the city of Houston. His professionalism and leadership cannot be over-exaggerated,” Texans general manager and executive vice president Rick Smith said. “This move was mutually beneficial for the Texans immediate and long-term goals, DeMeco’s career, and the Philadelphia Eagles. We appreciate all the hard work and effort DeMeco invested in our organization and wish him only the best moving forward.”

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