With all of the off-season sparring between Joe Banner and his former employer, it appeared the last thing the Browns and Eagles would do is pull off a trade.
However, the Browns sent linebacker Emmanuel Acho to Philadelphia for running back Dion Lewis.
Lewis, 22, was drafted by the Eagles in the fifth-round (149th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft from Pittsburgh. He broke Tony Dorsett’s freshman rushing record with 1,799 yards and also tied his record with 10, 100-yard rushing games and was ranked third in the nation in rushing. In his sophomore season, he rushed for 1,061 yards, including 13 touchdowns.
“Dion is a back who runs with very good quickness and vision,” said Rob Chudzinski. “He is a promising young player who will add depth, which is extremely important at that position.”
Lewis (5-8, 190) has played in 24 regular season games and has 171 yards rushing on 36 attempts (4.8 avg.), including two touchdowns. He also has caught three passes for 21 yards.
He is expected to compete with Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya as backups to Trent Richardson.
“Dion had an extremely productive college career and responded well in his limited chances with the Eagles,” said Banner, who was part of the Eagles when he was drafted. “We felt this would be a good opportunity for him and us, and we are happy that Dion is now a member of the Browns.”
Lewis is also a kickoff returner with 32 returns for 702 yards with a 21.9-yard average. In 2012, he appeared in nine games and totaled 69 rushing yards with one score.
Acho was drafted by the Browns in the sixth round (204th overall) of the 2012 draft with a compensatory pick. He sustained a knee injury during the preseason and missed the entire regular season on injured reserve.