Jay Ajayi traded from Dolphins to Eagles, giving Philadelphia RB depth

Beth Cruz
November 1, 2017

He has 465 rushing yards and only 3.4 yards per carry this season, but he upgrades the Eagles' backfield and gives them a young running back to build around for this season and beyond.

Blockbuster: The #Dolphins are trading RB Jay Ajayi to the #Eagles.

Ajayi rushed for just 23 yards on 14 carries in a 40-0 rout by the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday.

We're guessing the timing wasn't a coincidence.

Jeff Darlington who has been covering the Dolphins for a very long time believes that the Dolphins are a bit concerned about the longevity of Ajayi's knee and that could have been a reason for the team seeking a trade partner.

The Eagles offense has been decent with their running back committee, but clearly, it wasn't enough. He finished the 2016 season with eight touchdowns and 1,272 yards, which was the fourth-most in the NFL.

Ajayi, 24, was selected by Miami out of Boise State in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Ajayi had three rushing performances of at least 200 yards last season, becoming the fourth player in National Football League history to accomplish that feat. Additionally, he has registered 48 career receptions for 308 yards. You have to think Ajayi will be the Eagles' No. 1 option ahead of LeGarrette Blount, and if he stays healthy, he could return to the RB1 many expected him to be this season.

Considering the Dolphins will also want substantial compensation for Landry, whose contract expires at the end of this year, it's even less likely general manager Jerry Reese will reach out.

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