In a surprising move, the Detroit Lions have traded running back D’Andre Swift to the Philadelphia Eagles just two days after selecting Jahmyr Gibbs in the 2023 NFL Draft.
The trade comes as a shock to many Lions fans, who were excited about the potential of Swift heading into the upcoming season. The former Georgia Bulldog had a solid rookie season in 2022, rushing for 521 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 357 receiving yards and two more scores.
However, it seems that the Lions front office felt that they had enough depth at the running back position to make the move. In addition to Gibbs, the team also has veteran Kerryon Johnson and second-year back Jermar Jefferson on the roster.
Meanwhile, the Eagles were in need of a proven running back after the departure of Miles Sanders in free agency. Swift brings with him a track record of success in the NFL, and his versatility as a runner and receiver should make him a valuable asset in Philadelphia’s offense.
Of course, the move also raises questions about the future of Gibbs, who was seen as a potential star heading into the draft. However, it’s worth noting that the Eagles could still choose to use him in a complementary role alongside Swift, much like the Lions did with Johnson and Swift last season.
Overall, it’s too early to say whether the Lions made the right move in trading Swift. However, the addition of Gibbs and the potential for a more balanced offense could pay dividends in the long run. As for the Eagles, they now have a dynamic playmaker in the backfield to help take some pressure off of quarterback Jalen Hurts.