Grading the D’Andre Swift Trade: Eagles Add High-Upside RB to Backfield

D'Andre Swift is on the move. The Philadelphia Eagles have traded with the Detroit Lions to secure the former star Georgia Bulldogs running back.

Once the Detroit Lions used the 12th overall pick on Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs, D’Andre Swift’s days in blue and silver appeared numbered. Less than 48 hours later, Swift is now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles following a Day 3 trade. Let’s grade the deal for both teams as the 2023 NFL Draft continues.

Philadelphia Eagles Acquire D’Andre Swift From Detroit Lions

The Eagles aren’t giving up very much to acquire Swift. Philadelphia will send a 2025 fourth-round choice to Detroit, while the Eagles and Lions will also swap 2023 seventh-rounders. Detroit will add pick No. 219, while Philadelphia will move back to No. 249.

The Eagles Don’t Believe in Paying for Running Backs

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman let free agent Miles Sanders depart for the Carolina Panthers this offseason, and the analytically-inclined decision-maker is rebuilding his club’s backfield on the cheap.

Philadelphia inked Rashaad Penny, an incredibly talented back who just can’t seem to stay healthy, to a one-year deal near the league minimum. And they’ve now acquired Swift, a former second-round pick who’s also dealt with health issues.

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The Eagles are betting that at least one of Penny or Swift can stay on the field long enough in 2023 to provide some semblance of a rushing attack. Philadelphia has the best offensive line in the NFL, and Jalen Hurts’ rushing ability puts additional pressure on opposing defenses. Neither Penny nor Swift will be asked to carry a full workload.

Swift, who has one year and $1.7 million remaining on his contract, profiles as a receiving back for the Eagles after managing at least 40 receptions in each of his first three seasons in Detroit. His addition will likely push Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia’s passing-down back last season, further down the depth chart.

The Eagles’ acquisition of Swift represents another low-risk, high-ceiling transaction for a Philadelphia front office that is performing at as high of a level as any group in the NFL. There’s injury risk here, but for the price, it’s a worthwhile move.

Grade: A-

Lions Make the Obvious Decision To Move on From Swift

There was almost no question that Swift was a goner after the Lions drafted Gibbs in the first round. Gibbs wasn’t the only running back addition Detroit made this offseason, as they also signed former Bears RB David Montgomery to a three-year deal worth $18 million.

The Lions had clearly given up on Swift, who missed at least three games per season over the last three years and was regularly banged up even when he played. Head coach Dan Campbell said earlier this year that Detroit would work to limit Swift’s carries in 2023, but they’ve decided to replace him altogether.

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Most NFL teams discount future draft picks, so the 2025 fifth-round selection the Lions are adding might be viewed more like a 2023 seventh-rounder. That – plus a 30-spot rise in the seventh round – isn’t much of a return for a former second-round pick like Swift.

But Detroit had no leverage in negotiations. The team’s offseason moves and comments on Swift had tanked his value, and the package they received from the Eagles was obviously the best deal they could find on the market.

Grade: C

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