The Bears will find yourself a sixth-round choice in 2020 which can develop into a fifth-round choice, a team source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Howard, 24, who played three seasons with the Bears, rushed for over 1000 metres in both 2016 and 2017. He ranks third in the NFL in rushing since entering the league.
Philly fought on the floor a year ago, finishing 28th in rushing yards (1,570) and was second by the bottom in yards per attempt (3.9). The Eagles’ leading individual rusher, rookie Josh Adams, ranked 41st in the NFL in rush yards (511).
Two of the very best names in the backfield, Jay Ajayi and Darren Sprolesare both free agents. Coach Doug Pederson explained that week that he wanted Sproles straight back for yet another year. The veteran have not publicly committed to playing another season.
Howard is entering the last year of his rookie deal and can be scheduled to earn approximately $2 million in 2019. A fifth-round choice in 2016, he left the Pro Bowl in his rookie season after racing for 1,313 yards in 252 efforts — an average of 5.2 yards per carry — while still scoring seven total touchdowns. He followed that up with the other 1,122 racing yards and nine touchdowns in 2017.
Howard fought to match in to Matt Nagy’s offense in 2018 and watched his average plummet to 3.7 yards per carry. He finished last season with 935 racing yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 145 yards.