The Philadelphia Eagles have traded offensive lineman Dennis Kelly to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. The 6’5, 237 pound receiver caught 32 passes for 549 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie year for the Titans.
A second-round draft pick last year (40th overall), Green-Beckham fell out of the first round due to concerns about off-the-field issues. The University of Missouri dismissed Green-Beckham after a series of brushes with the law, including arrests for marijuana and an investigation for an alleged burglary and assault.
Dennis Kelly has been forced into the starting lineup occasionally since his 2010 rookie season, but is a career backup.
The trade appears to favor the Eagles due to Green-Beckham’s potential, but the fact that the Titans were willing to discard their second-round wideout after just one season (and without much depth at that position) demonstrates the misgivings that Tennessee had about the talented-but-troubled receiver. Green-Beckham joins a much-maligned receiving corps in Philadelphia that includes Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff, and fellow first-year Eagle Rueben Randle.
Expect the Eagles to also add at least one O lineman in the coming days, as a looming Lane Johnson suspension potentially leaves the Eagles very shorthanded at that position.