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Philadelphia Eagles Trade Ryan Bates To Buffalo Bills

Well, that was quick.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded Ryan Bates to the Buffalo Bills Friday afternoon in return for defensive end Eli Harold. The offensive lineman’s career in Philadelphia ended quickly after the Eagles signed him to a professional contract shortly after the NFL Draft.

On paper, this trade is a weird one. The Eagles sent Bates, an undrafted free agent with very little NFL experience, to the Bills in exchange for five-year veteran Harold, who recorded four sacks with the Detroit Lions last season. Go figure.

Bates, who was a staple of Penn State’s offensive line in past years, played a large role in helping the Nittany Lions win the Big Ten in 2016. His versatility along the offensive line will surely help him earn snaps in the NFL somewhere down the line.

The offensive lineman received plenty of practice time with the Eagles’ third-team offense throughout training camp but only played 13 snaps in the team’s preseason matchup against the Titans Thursday night.

Although Bates is headed to Buffalo, Penn State’s “just outside of Philly” crowd can get its Nittany Lions fix on Sundays through running back Miles Sanders and defensive end Shareef Miller.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a sophomore majoring in journalism and is Onward State's copy editor and interim social media manager. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and sudoku whiz hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]


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