Did the Eagles next running back just get released by the Jets?

The New York Jets have been in the news lately.  If you haven’t heard, (well first off where have you been?) they signed running back Le’Veon Bell to a four year deal on Wednesday.

As a corresponding move, the Jets released running back Isaiah Crowell.

The Eagles have a glaring need at running back and they have missed out on Bell, Tevin Coleman, and Mark Ingram so far this offseason.  Crowell might be just the back they’ve been holding out for.

Production

Crowell has been in the league for five years, four with the Cleveland Browns and just last season with the Jets.

His career yards per game isn’t high, with only 49.4 yards per game, but he gets those yards at a great yards per carry average of 4.3.

Last year he rushed 143 times for 685 yards and six touchdowns at a 4.8 YPC average.  With an average of 11 carries a game last season, Crowell fits the mold of running back who excels in a running back by committee game plan, such as the Eagles’ game plan.  He was also ProFootballFocus’ 31st ranked running back last season.

Crowell also had a 219 yard performance in week five against the Denver Broncos.

Durability

Crowell ended last season on IR after 13 games due to a toe injury.  Prior to last season, he played in all 16 games in the first four years of his career.  If he is over his toe injury, he provides durability at a premium position.

The Jets signed him to a three year $12 million deal prior to the season.  If that is the going rate for Crowell, the Eagles should call his agent.

What say you, Eagles fans?  Do you want to see Crowell in Philly?

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