During last year’s NFL draft, the Eagles sent running back Bryce Brown packing to Buffalo in return for a conditional draft pick. In a separate deal, Buffalo sent wide receiver Stevie Johnson to the 49ers. They both failed to meet the statistical conditions of the deal, so that conditional pick is coming through for the Eagles in the fourth round of this year’s draft.
In the wording of the deal, according to Bleeding Green Nation, the Eagles would get a third round pick in 2016 if both players hit their goals, a fourth round pick in 2016 if only Stevie Johnson did, and:
The Bills will send a 2015 fourth-round selection to Philadelphia if:
– Stevie Johnson does not meet production-based conditions in San Francisco in 2014.
– Bryce Brown does not meet production-based conditions in Buffalo in 2014.
Because they both failed to meet their production-based conditions — Brown rushed for 126 yards and Johnson caught 35 passes for 435 yards — the Eagles will receive the Bills’ fourth round selection in this year’s draft. The Eagles turned a seventh round pick they barely used (and didn’t need) into a fourth round pick. That’s some Sam Hinkie stuff, and it’s a nice little (begrudgingly) parting gift from Howie.