Written by: Joseph Mooney
Only hours after their Week 1 Preseason lost to the Tennessee Titans, a Philadelphia native and Penn State alumni tackle, Ryan Bates was traded to the Buffalo Bills in return for defensive end Eli Harold.
Bates, the former undrafted free agent rookie, caught the Bills eyes following their loss to the Indianapolis Colts after losing two offensive linemen suffered injuries. Bates has the ability to play both sides of the line, giving the Bills a versatile lineman in return the Eagles receive a former 3rd round draft pick that adds depth to not only a solid defensive end position, but Harold can contribute as an aggressive rusher from the outside linebacker position.
Harold spent three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers under the coaching of former Philadelphia Eagle head coach, Chip Kelly. Following his years with the 49ers, Harold was signed to a one year deal by the Detroit Lions where he posted a career-high in sacks and pass deflections. Harold can be another new piece to help the Eagles push forward on their quest for another Super Bowl ring, but also can be cut by the team. He has competition among other defensive ends, Brandon Graham, Derek Barrett, Vinny Curry, their 4th round draft pick Shareff Miller, and newly acquired veteran Kasim Edebali. Another new player to watch battle for a roster spot.