Report: Lions RB1 and Philadelphia native is on the trade block; should Howie make the call?
One of the more shocking moves during the first-round of this year’s NFL Draft was the Detroit Lions selecting Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs with the 12 overall pick. Not only did Detroit go out and sign RB David Montgomery to a three-year, $18M deal this offseason, they already have an explosive, pass catching back in-house, D’Andre Swift.
Following the selection of Gibbs, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Swift is now seen as the odd-man out in Detroit’s backfield. Per Fowler, the Lions have been receiving calls on Swift’s availability ever since the first-round ended.
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Swift has one year remaining on his rookie contract and is due $1.77M in base salary this year.
During his three-year career in Detroit, Swift has primarily been a change-of-pace back. He’s started 16 of a possible 40 games and has averaged about 332 offensive snaps per season. His highest usage rate came in 2021, where Swift logged 67 percent of his team’s offensive snaps.
Swift’s true value comes from his dual threat ability as a runner and pass catcher. He’s averaged 959 yards from scrimmage per year during his career, while averaging 52 receptions and 399 receiving yards per season.
To recap – Swift is only 24 years old with very little tread on his tires, he’ll be very cheap this season with a $1.77M salary and $2.7M cap hit, and in case you were unaware, he grew up in Philadelphia. Not to mention he played his collegiate ball at Georgia, a school the Eagles have become very familiar with over the past two years.
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So, should Howie put in a call to the Lions for Swift’s services?
In short, yes. In all likelihood, Howie’s already called Detroit in regards to Swift.
There’s no reason not to have interest in Swift from the Eagles’ perspective. He improves a position of need, adds some receiving capability to the backfield, and he’s young and cheap. The team won’t have to commit to him long-term either since there’s only one year left on his rookie deal.
It probably won’t take a whole lot to pry him away from the Lions. Listening to Detroit’s press conference following the first-round, it already seems like the team is moving on from Swift.
Translation: “D’Andre Swift is still a member of the Detroit Lions, but after drafting Gibbs, we’re probably going to try and move off of him.”
Detroit’s GM wasn’t going to flatout say that, but it’s pretty clear if you read between the lines. Swift is on the market and probably won’t cost a lot. Howie, you know what to do.
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