Trotter's back in Philly, Garcia's out
September, 29, 2009
By Matt Mosley | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter has agreed to a one-year contract with his old team, the Philadelphia Eagles, according to the team. Trotter was one of the most inspirational players on the team and he helped lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance. He was released before the '07 season in a move that caused quarterback Donovan McNabb to take a few jabs at management.
Trotter had become a radio personality on the famed WIP in Philly, but now the 32-year-old will see if he has anything left on the football field. At his peak, Trotter was able to blitz up the middle and destroy centers and guards. He was a very physical player, but he had deficiencies in coverage. The Eagles released Trotter because they thought Omar Gaither was ready to take over at middle linebacker. Obviously that plan didn't quite work out.
To make room for Trotter, the Eagles released reserve quarterback Jeff Garcia, who'd been brought in while McNabb was injured and Michael Vick was suspended. The Eagles were going to have to release one of their quarterbacks and Garcia was the obvious choice -- especially after the way Kevin Kolb performed in his starts.
I think the Trotter signing will be well received by Eagles fans. I have no clue how much he has left in the tank. He wasn't moving around that well when the Eagles released him two years ago.