On Friday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills reportedly agreed to an NFL trade.
According to a report from NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Bills acquired offensive lineman Ryan Bates from the Eagles.
In return, Philadelphia received former third-round pick Eli Harold. The former Virginia star signed with the Bills on a one-year deal after he spent the 2018 season with the Detroit Lions.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 9, 2019
It’s the second time Harold has been traded in his career. Detroit acquired the former Cavalier from the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional late-round pick before the 2018 campaign.
Now he’s headed to Philadelphia where he’ll have the ability to compete for a Super Bowl.
As for Bates, he lands with a depleted Bills offensive line. He is expected to serve a reserve role as Conor McDermott sits in concussion protocol and Russell Bodine is sidelined by an oblique injury.
The former Nittany Lion was a stalwart of the offensive line for Penn State. He earned All-Big Ten honors in his final season.
Bates went undrafted in the 2019 draft before signing a deal with the Eagles. He served on Philadelphia’s third team during training camp. However, he’ll have a greater opportunity for playing time in Buffalo.