Saturday, February 6, 2016

Birds Ship FB to New Home, Gain DL Body

The main purpose of Thursday's Eagles trade of Stanley Havili to the Indianapolis Colts for defensive end Clifton Geathers was to get something for Havili, while giving the fullback a decent shot at continuing his career.

Birds Ship FB to New Home, Gain DL Body

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Clifton Geathers. (AP Photo)
Clifton Geathers. (AP Photo)

The main purpose of Thursday's Eagles trade of Stanley Havili to the Indianapolis Colts for defensive end Clifton Geathers was to get something for Havili, while giving the fullback a decent shot at continuing his career.

Havili, 25, was a good solider who worked his way up from the practice squad in 2011 to play in 15 games in 2012, but new coach Chip Kelly's offense is not expected to include a traditional fullback. The Colts' GM is Ryan Grigson, who was the Eagles' personnel director when Havili was drafted in the seventh round from USC in 2011.

For a guy they were going to cut sooner or later, the Birds got a potential 3-4 end in Geathers, also 25, listed at 6-7, 325. Geathers was a sixth-round pick of the Browns in 2010, and has since played for the Dolphins, Seahawks, Cowboys and Colts, in three years. That's a lot more teams than you'd think a guy Geathers' size would have played for by now. (So, no, the Eagles aren't cutting anybody because they got this guy, He'll compete for a roster spot.)

Geathers is the brother of Robert Geathers, a nine-year Bengals DE vet, the son of Robert Geathers Sr., a third-round Buffalo pick in 1981, and the nephew of James "Jumpy" Geathers, who won two Super Bowls in a 13-year career that included stops with the Saints, Redskins, Falcons and Broncos. 

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BTW, that linebacker the Eagles hosted this week, Victor Butler, ended up signing with the Saints. A source close to still-free-agent OT Eric Winston indicated the Eagles recently made inquiries again. It doesn't sound like teams are beating down Winston's door.

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