Eagles Extend DeMeco Ryans Through 2016
Ryan, 30,is a two-time Pro Bowler and AP All-Pro selection, leads the Eagles in tackles (390) since being acquired by the team in a trade with the Houston Texans during the 2012 offseason. Last year, Ryans made 45 tackles, had four pass breakups, and an interception before being put on the I.R. with a torn Achilles' tendon, ending his season.
The Eagles traded LeSean McCoy for linebacker Kiko Alonso, which made people question if Ryans would be back with the team, but his leadership qualities could not be diminished, but the deal also lowers Ryans' cap number and will pay him $7.5 million over the next two years and includes $6.25 million guaranteed.
With this type of major injury coupled with Alonso coming back from a ACL injury, the Eagles could keep all three inside linebackers on the roster, or move one of them to the weak-side.
Ryans, originally a second-round selection of the Texans in 2009, has recorded 390 tackles, five sacks, four interceptions, six passes defensed and one fumble recovery since joining the Eagles in 2012.