Eagles Get Lawton in Trade with Colts

The competition in the Eagles backfield just got more intense, as the team picked up fullback Luke Lawton in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts. Find out the details of the trade and more inside.

The Eagles traded a conditional 2009 draft pick to the Indianapolis Colts for fullback Luke Lawton on Friday, adding another piece to the puzzle of who will be leading blocking for Brian Westbrook when the season starts.

Lawton joins former teammate Dan Klecko, Jason Davis, and Jed Collins in the competition for the starting fullback spot on the Eagles depth chart. The team waived injured wide receiver Bill Sampy to make room on the roster.

The 27-year-old Lawton played in 11 games for the Colts last year in a limited role, recording 13-yards on five carries and adding 29-yards and a touchdown on four receptions. After spending his rookie season on the Bills' and Giants' practice squads in 2004, he made his first regular season game appearance with the Jets in 2005 and now is set to compete for a starting role.

At 6-foot, 245-pounds with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, Lawton is an athletic player who should fit in well with the Eagles West Coast offense. As a three-year starter and first-team All-America at McNeese State, he has the most experience actually playing the fullback position out of anyone on the Eagles' roster. Lawton also has experience on special teams and in the kick return game, and his versatility should help his chances of making the team in August.

Andrew Pluta can be reached at ajp8231@gmail.com

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