The Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles completed a trade Thursday designed to bolster the depth of each squad. The Eagles acquired cornerback Kevin Thomas and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2013 for linebackers Moise Fokou and Greg Lloyd.
Both Thomas and Fokou have been starters at times and both have a solid chance to make their new team. But the Eagles are deeper at linebacker this year and clearly felt Fokou could no longer help them as a strong-side linebacker. Colts general manager Ryan Grigson is familiar with Fokou and Lloyd from his years in Philadelphia.
âWell for us it was just about the value," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. "They were looking for some linebackers and we also want to see more of our young linebackers so those guys get a great opportunity here. We just felt like it was a win win situation for us and for the Colts."
It's a bit surprising to see Thomas dealt after he started five games last year. Cornerback is a thin position for the Colts, but this could be a case of Thomas no longer fitting after coach Chuck Pagano changed defensive schemes. Thomas figures to compete for the Eagles' No. 4 cornerback spot.