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Philadelphia Eagles make huge trade for Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi

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The Philadelphia Eagles have jumped out to a 7-1 start this season and look to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders behind second-year quarterback Carson Wentz and a high-powered defense.

However, the Eagles' rushing attack had been a cause for concern, as the team has had to rely too often on Wentz's arm to move the ball down the field.

The Eagles addressed that concern during Tuesday's trade deadline, though, making a shocking trade for Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, who ran for an impressive 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016.

According to ESPN.com, the only thing the Eagles will send back to Miami in the trade is a 2018 fourth-round NFL Draft pick.

That's quite the steal for a back who has struggled this year, but has a strong resume dating back to last year.

Ajayi, a 2015 fifth-round pick out of Boise State, has yet to score a touchdown this year, but the entire Miami offense has been a mess for most of the season, so it's not entirely his fault he's struggled.

According to reporter Jeff Darlington, the Dolphins feel comfortable making the trade because of concerns over the health of Ajayi's knees:

However, getting only a fourth-round pick back for a player who made the Pro Bowl last year and looked to be a budding star has made many Miami fans upset, especially after the rival New England Patriots just traded backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a second-round pick.

Naturally, there was a lot of reaction on Twitter from Miami and Philadelphia fans alike. Dolphins fans were generally upset with the trade, as you can see below:

While Eagles fans can't wait to see their new star running back in action, as you can see here:

Ajayi will team up with LeGarrette Blount in the Philadelphia backfield, adding some much-needed firepower to the Eagles' running game.

Ajayi's first game in a Philadelphia uniform will likely be this Sunday's matchup against the Denver Broncos in Philly, where his new home fans are sure to give him a rousing ovation.

The Eagles' new running back will then have a full week to learn the Philly offense, as the Eagles have a Week 10 bye.

Whether or not Ajayi returns to 2016 form behind the Eagles' powerful offensive line remains to be seen, but it's clear Philadelphia believes it can reach the Super Bowl this year.

At 7-1, the Eagles already have a three-game lead in the NFC East, and with Ajayi on board, they'll look to lock up the No. 1 seed in the conference in the coming weeks.

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