PHILADELPHIA — Desperate for receivers, the Philadelphia Eagles acquired Dorial Green-Beckham from the Tennessee Titans.
The Eagles traded versatile offensive lineman Dennis Kelly to the Titans on Tuesday to get Green-Beckham, a talented player who has struggled with consistency and been sidetracked by off-field issues.
“Obviously, he’s made mistakes,” Eagles personnel boss Howie Roseman said. “He’s a kind-hearted kid and he has the right intentions. And that if you get a chance to really spend some time with him, you’ll see that. He’s not a locker room cancer at all.”
Tennessee has lost two tackles to injuries since the offseason program started, so Kelly gives them depth behind left tackle Taylor Lewan and rookie right tackle Jack Conklin.
Green-Beckham was a second-round pick last year after he was dismissed from the team at Missouri and transferred to Oklahoma, where he didn’t play a down. He caught 32 passes for 549 yards with four touchdowns and immediately becomes one of Philadelphia’s most accomplished receivers.
“He comes in with an opportunity, no promises have been made,” Roseman said. “We felt comfortable to bring him in here to compete. He’s physically gifted. He’s 6-5, he’s 240, he runs a 4.4. He’s got a rare skill set. Now, there’s a reason that he’s available at this time. He’s got to get more consistent. But for us and where we are in development, we thought it was a risk worth taking.”
The Eagles’ best receiver, Jordan Matthews, is injured. They signed former Giants second-round pick Rueben Randle in the offseason to add depth and also have 2015 first-round pick Nelson Agholor and 2014 third-round pick Josh Huff.
“They thought it was a good opportunity for (Green-Beckham), and we thought adding Dennis would be good for our football team,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson said. “We are moving on. I appreciate everything Dorial did when he was here. He bought in to what we were trying to do. But in the end we felt like this was the best decision for the team.”
Robinson added three receivers in the offseason. He signed Rishard Matthews as a free agent, drafted Tajae Sharpe in the fifth round and signed Andre Johnson at the start of camp.
Kelly has started 15 of 30 games as a fifth-round pick in 2012.