By Tony Grossi
The entangled relationship between the Browns and Philadelphia Eagles has resulted in a trade of backup players.
The Browns sent linebacker Emmanuel Acho to the Eagles for running back/kickoff returner Dion Lewis.
Acho was a sixth-round pick of the Browns in 2012. He played in two preseason games and then was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury. Acho’s position coach in Cleveland, Bill Davis, is now Eagles defensive coordinator.
Lewis was a fifth-round choice of the Eagles in 2011 when Browns CEO Joe Banner still was Eagles club president.
Lewis, 5-8 and 195 pounds, appeared in 24 games and has rushed 36 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns as a reserve back. He joins Trent Richardson, Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya on the depth chart.
As a rookie in 2011, Lewis also returned 31 kickoffs for 669 yards, a 21.6-yard average.The Browns are looking for a successor to specialist Josh Cribbs, who is a free agent and will not return. Lewis would join Travis Benjamin as a candidate at returner.
In a club statement, coach Rob Chudzinski said, “Dion is a back who runs with very good quickness and vision. He is a promising young player who will add depth, which is extremely important at that position.”
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