Eagles head coach Chip Kelly told reporters at the NFL owners meetings that he wanted the team to get bigger and more physical. Earlier today, the Eagles traded fullback Stanley Havili to the Indianapolis Colts for big defensive end Clifton Geathers. Adding Geathers, who is 6’7″ and 325 pounds has made the Eagles defensive line bigger.
This deal makes sense for the Birds because Havili was going to be cut any way, since the Eagles signed tight end, H back and lead blocker James Casey. The Birds aren’t going to use a fullback in Chip Kelly’s offense. They want to have more of a pass catching threat at that position than Havili is. Casey will serve that role as the pass catcher and lead blocker.
Geathers is going into his fourth year, He was drafted in the sixth-round by Cleveland in 2010. In only a few years, the defensive end has played with the Dolphins, Seahawks, Cowboys and the Colts. Last year he played in eight games for Indianapolis, recording five tackles and a sack.
Hopefully he will come into his own with the Birds, but how good can he be if he is headed to his fifth team in only three seasons.