Just over two weeks after being fired by the Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Johnson made headlines on Thursday when he was hired by the rival Washington Commanders. Although his exact job title is unknown at the moment, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that the ex-Philly offensive coordinator will handle a "prominent" role on offense.
Johnson had spent the last three seasons with the Eagles, working as the quarterback coach in 2021 and 2022 before being promoted to OC last year. The 36-year-old forged plenty of connections with Philadelphia's offensive talents, so it wouldn't be surprising if he tried to lure some of them to Washington to give him a sense of comfort in his new role.
With that in mind, here are three Eagles that Johnson could lure to the Commanders.
Brian Johnson Could Lure Eagles RB D'Andre Swift to the Commanders
With Antonio Gibson hitting free agency this offseason, Brian Robinson and Chris Rodriguez Jr. are currently the only Commanders running backs under contract. In other words, it wouldn't be surprising if Johnson tried to lure D'Andre Swift to his new team.
Signed to a one-year deal last offseason, Swift made 15 starts across 16 appearances with the Eagles in 2023. It was a fantastic year for the ex-Georgie Bulldog as he set new personal bests in carries (229) and rushing yards (1,049) while finding the back of the end zone six total times (5 rushing, 1 receiving). His career-best performance led to his being named to the Pro Bowl for the first time.
Eagles fans wouldn't mind Swift returning, however, it's also possible that he'll want to continue playing under Johnson. After all, the 25-year-old rusher had his best performance under the former Philly OC and might want to keep that momentum going.
Losing Swift would be a temporary blow, however, RBs are replaceable and the Eagles could likely find a suitable replacement either through the draft or free agency.