In addition to Houston receiving a fourth-round pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, the Eagles and Texans are also swapping their picks this year in the third round.
Philly was willing to surrender a four-round draft choice plus pick up Ryans’ remaining base salaries of $5.9 million in 2012, $6.6 million in 2013 and $6.8 million in 2014-2015.
The Alabama alum was selected in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft and became the AP Rookie of the Year.
Ryans started every game in his first four seasons with the Texans, accumulated 518 combined tackles, 7.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions. The two-time Pro Bowler suffered missed 10 games in 20120 after sustaining a season-ending Achilles injury.
He returned less than 100 percent last season and managed to start every game in Houston’s new-look 3-4 defense.
The 6-1, 247-pound linebacker was less-than-stellar and seemed slightly out-of-place in the team’s new system, as he racked up just 64 tackles and one forced fumble. Nonetheless, his experience and veteran leadership was a tremendous asset for the Texans and will work wonders from Day One for the Philadelphia Eagles.
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