Source: Dolphins trade Ajayi to Eagles

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The Miami Dolphins have traded running back Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fourth-round pick, it was announced Tuesday.

Ajayi has rushed 138 times for 465 yards (3.4 average) over seven games for the Dolphins this season. He is coming off a big 2016 campaign in which he racked up over 1,200 yards 4.9 average) with eight touchdowns.

He has yet to score a touchdown this season — the most rushing attempts in the league for a player yet to find the end zone. The Dolphins are the first team since the 2013 Rams to not have a rushing touchdown in their first seven games.

The Eagles have been aggressively working the phones prior to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline. One of the targets was a running back. A need developed for a third-down back in particular after Darren Sproles was lost for the season. In Ajayi, they get a workhorse who adds punch to a 7-1 Eagles team that already ranks third in total offense.

Ajayi has rushed for 1,924 yards and nine touchdowns in 31 games for Miami since being selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft out of Boise State.

ESPN’s Tim McManus contributed to this report.

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