The Cleveland Browns have traded pass rusher Genard Avery to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2021 fourth-round pick.
We've traded LB Genard Avery to the Eagles
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 28, 2019
Avery had seen limited action throughout the season after a strong rookie campaign. He was active for Sunday’s 27-13 loss to New England but only played three snaps.
Cleveland.com is reporting that Avery asked the team to trade him after being a healthy inactive in five of the Browns’ seven games and while general manager John Dorsey was reluctant to move him at first, he eventually pulled the trigger with Philadelphia.
It was clear that defensive coordinator Steve Wilks didn’t have a role for the second-year player, now Avery gets an opportunity to play under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in Philadelphia and showcase his ability as a pass rusher, which he did in Cleveland last season.
In 16 games last season (five starts), Avery had 40 tackles, 14 quarterback hits, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble and was named to ESPN’s All-Rookie Team.