Despite posting consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons in each of his first two seasons, running back Jordan Howard’s name still popped up occasionally on the rumor mill as he appeared to be on the trading block.
However, it’s time for those rumors to come to an end.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune tweets Howard says the Chicago Bears have told his agent the team has no plans to trade him.
And because they don’t, Howard called it comforting. That’s understandable from a player perspective. Howard had two productive seasons despite playing in an offense he didn’t use any flattering terms to describe and is about to step into a role as the lead back of what is expected to be an innovative offense orchestrated by first-year head coach Matt Nagy.
And because hope springs eternal on this April afternoon, Howard sure sounds excited (and optimistic) about playing in Nagy’s offense:
#Bears RB Jordan Howard said of new coach Matt Nagy: "He's hungry. He's ready to win now. We're not in rebuild mode."
— 670 The Score (@670TheScore) April 17, 2018
Having a new head coach and offensive coordinator, a quarterback with the arrow pointing up, and pass-catching threats on the outside would make any running back excited about the future. With that being said, you could probably understand why it is “comforting” from Howard’s perspective to be off the trade block.
With trade distractions in the rearview mirror, Howard can focus on what matters most – making good on his offseason predictions of an NFC North division championship behind an offense that puts up big numbers.