Texans trade DeMeco Ryans to Eagles

DeMeco Ryans has been a mainstay on the defense for years. But now the longtime Texan is reportedly on his way to Philadelphia. (AP photo)

March 21, 2012 8:31:18 AM PDT
One of the cold hard facts about NFL football is that it's a business and sometimes you have to say goodbye to the good guys. The Texans did just that on Tuesday.

The team has sent seven-year veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Philadlephia Eagles for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.

The Eagles and Texans also announced they were swapping third-round choices in 2012. The Eagles now have the 89th pick overall, while the Texans have the 77th pick.

It had gotten to the point where Demeco was not an every down linebacker, and was making a lot of money. He's a linebacker who plays better in the middle of 4-3 scheme and not the 3-4.

The 27-year-old linebacker and team captain leaves Houston as the Texans all-time leader with 637 tackles while also contributing eight sacks, six forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and two interceptions in his six-year career. He earned Pro Bowl honors following the 2007 and 2009 campaigns and was an Associated Press All-Pro selection in 2007.

We're hearing the deal is contingent on Ryans passing the physical for the Eagles. Ryans missed most of the 2010 season after tearing his left Achilles' tendon.

The move also gives the Texans some much needed salary cap flexibility.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.