Jordan Howard: Bears Told My Agent They Have No Plans To Trade Me

"It's comforting," Howard says.

Chris Emma
April 17, 2018 - 12:43 pm
Bears running back Jordan Howard

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears running back Jordan Howard understands the business side of the NFL that led his name to be linked in trade rumors recently but remains unconcerned about that speculation after team officials informed his agent they have no intentions of trading him.

"It's comforting," Howard said ahead of minicamp at Halas Hall on Tuesday.

The fit of Howard within the Bears offense has been questioned by some since the arrival of new coach Matt Nagy, previously offensive coordinator for the Chiefs. In Nagy, the Bears identified a leader who hopes to institute an innovative offensive plan around 23-year-old quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. 

Howard spoke with Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt during Super Bowl weekend and got a feel for what Nagy would bring to the table. The Bears are currently adopting a modernized West Coast offense, and the template from Kansas City suggests it will benefit from a running back capable of catching passes out of the backfield -- something with which Howard has struggled.

Howard has been highly productive in his first two NFL seasons. He rushed for 1,313 yards in 2016 and another 1,222 yards in 2017. He's averaged 4.6 yards per carry for his career.

During the NFL Combine, Howard was linked in a possible trade to the Dolphins involving receiver Jarvis Landry by an NBC Sports Chicago report. Landry was later dealt to the Browns.

In another subplot to all this, Howard became the center of local attention earlier this month after some photos from his Instagram account that were related to the Bears were deleted. The photos were later reinstated.

"There was nothing to it," Howard said. "Just a story people made up."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.