Pro Hoosiers: Jordan Howard Signs a Two-Year Deal With the Dolphins

The Jordan Howard and Nate Sudfeld reunion in Philadelphia was a brief one.

On the same day that Sudfeld signed a new deal to remain with the Eagles, it was reported that his former IU teammate Howard is moving on.

A former first team All-Big Ten running back for Indiana, Howard’s Eagles career is over after just nine games.  The four year pro agreed Tuesday to terms of a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins worth more than $10 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Howard will be welcomed with open arms in Miami.  The Dolphins ranked last in the NFL with 72 rushing yards per game for the 2019 season and they were tied for last with the Jets with just 3.1 yards per carry.

The Eagles acquired Howard from the Bears last year for a fifth-round draft pick, and he was off to a fast start before suffering a shoulder injury in November.

Through nine games, Howard led Philadelphia with 525 rushing yards, a 4.4 average and six touchdowns.

But after the injury, which came against the Bears, Howard would only play one other snap in 2019 — in the season finale against the Giants.

Howard, still only 25, has the third-most rushing yards in the NFL since he entered the league in 2016.  His 3,895 yards trails only Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley. Howard’s 30 rushing touchdowns are seventh-most in the league during that span.

The 25 year old Howard has the second most rushing yards of any former Hoosier to play in the NFL, trailing only Bob Hoernschemeyer’s 4,548 yards amassed in the ’40s and ’50s.

Howard played one season in Bloomington after transferring to Indiana from Alabama Birmingham.

For the 2015 campaign Howard played in nine games for IU, carrying the ball 196 times for 1,213 yards and 9 touchdowns.  He also caught 11 passes for 106 yards and another score.

Howard ranked second in the Big Ten with 134.8 rushing yards per game (10th nationally) and 146.6 all-purpose yards per game.

The 6-foot and 225 pound back chose to leave IU with one year of eligibility remaining, and the Bears selected Howard with the 150th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Howard should end up being one of the 12 highest-paid running backs in the league.

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