The Eagles and Browns agreed on a pre-deadline deal, with second-year defensive end/linebacker Genard Avery set to head from Cleveland to Philadelphia. The Eagles announced the trade, which will send a 2021 fourth-round draft pick to the Browns.
Cleveland used a fifth-round pick in 2018 on Avery and gave him five starts last season. The Memphis product also spent time at linebacker during his Ohio stay, potentially providing the Eagles with some versatility. Avery played a more prominent role on the 2018 Browns, registering 4.5 sacks and 40 tackles. This season, he has one solo tackle and has played a combined five defensive snaps.
Avery has only been active in two Browns games this season. He played three snaps against the Patriots. Avery asked the Browns for a trade, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports, adding John Dorsey did not want to part with him so soon. This marks the second in-season trade of a Dorsey 2018 pick, with the Browns having sent second-rounder Austin Corbett to the Rams earlier this month.
Vinny Curry and Josh Sweat reside as the Eagles’ backup defensive ends, with Daeshon Hall and fourth-round rookie Shareef Miller residing on Philadelphia’s 53-man roster. Avery’s rookie deal runs through the 2021 season.