[The Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts exchanged role players today in what is a rarity-a player for player trade instead of draft picks. Ian Rapoport of nfl.com reports that the Eagles acquired defensive end Clifton Geathers from the Colts for fullback Stanley Havili.
Geathers has thus far been an underachiever in the NFL He is a huge man at 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds, and he has the height and size you want from defensive ends in a 3-4 defense. The 2010 sixth-round pick has appeared in just 15 career games, notching just five tackles and one sack. Geathers has bounced around the league, spending time with the Browns, Seahawks, Cowboys, and Colts.
Havili was expendable for the Eagles becausr Chip Kelly's offense does not make us of the fullback, instead pulling the tight ends in the backfield. The Colts are implementing a West Coast offense under rookie coordinator Pep Hamilton, and Havili has a versatile fullback's skill set At. 25 years old, Havili is a strong lead blocker with soft hands. His receiving stats aren't great but he should receive more of an opportunity in Indianapolis.]
At first glance he seems like fodder for camp, but I think the trade also signifies the Eagles intentions of switching to a 3-4 defense or at least using a 3-4 defense regularly next season.They seem to be acquiring the pieces to make such a transition. In doing so the Players like Trent Cole, Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, and Philip Hunt will all now likely need to be able to play both end and linebacker. Players like Kendricks, and Chaney will likely move inside or play some hybrid outside backer at times. Both have experience inside. If the players can't be versatile, then they most likely wont be on the roster come September.