Running back D’Andre Swift is officially a Philadelphia Eagle.
The Eagles traded for Swift on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. They gave up a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft and fourth- and seventh-round picks in 2025 to acquire Swift, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter.
The trade comes after the Detroit Lions drafted running back from Alabama Jahmyr Gibbs in the first round of the draft.
The Eagles make the deal after Texas running back Bijan Robinson went to the Atlanta Falcons at the No. 8 pick before they could draft him at No. 10. They also let former Eagle Miles Sanders, a Pro Bowler in 2022, sign with the Carolina Panthers in free agency.
Prior to this trade, it looked like the Eagles were going to have a committee approach to their backfield in 2023. Running backs Boston Scott, Kenneth Gainwell and Rashaad Penny are already on the roster.
It will be interesting to see how Swift fits into the mix and if he becomes the star of the attack.
Swift, just 24, has shown brilliance during his three-year stint with the Lions. He’s never rushed for less than 500 yards and five touchdowns in a single season, according to Pro Football Reference. He’s also a sneaky receiving threat out of the backfield, catching a career-high 62 receptions in the 2021 season.
He’s a perfect fit for the Eagles’ RPO offense and can run between tackles and out. A dynamic point guard of this nature will free up the Eagles passing offense and relieve Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Sanders was in a similar situation last season. After setting up a solid handful of seasons for the Eagles, Sanders had a breakout year and rushed for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, winning a Pro Bowl and signing a rich contract. with the Panthers.
Swift could be in store for a breakout year himself. He is still playing on his rookie contract and will earn around $1.7 million this season, according to Spotrac. After the fact, Swift will be an unrestricted free agent in 2024.
During his contract year, will Swift be a game-changer for the Eagles? Maybe. The phenomenon of the contract year is a reality in sport.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman hit a home run while dealing for a player who has a year left on his contract and is hungry to prove he’s worth a big payday. And in return, the Eagles have regained their running back ace for next season.
It doesn’t matter if Swift re-signs with the Eagles or not after 2023. What matters is that they now have a running back who can play on all three tries for a team in winning mode now. And they got it for cheap.
Given his Philadelphia ties, he might want to re-sign with the Eagles with a hometown discount.
Swift, a Philadelphia native, was one of the nation’s top high school running backs at St. Joe’s Prep. He committed to Georgia and carried on the tradition of great Georgian running backs. He led the Bulldogs to victory in the Rose Bowl in 2017 and the Sugar Bowl in 2019. He was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft and played well for them.
Now Swift is back in her hometown and ready to help Philly repeat last year’s playoff run.