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Eagles Trade For DE Clifton Geathers

TheEagles front office continued their active ways this offseason, completing their second trade of the 2013 free agency period, as they acquired defensive end Clifton Geathers (pronounced Gathers) from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for fullback Stanley Havili.

Originally a sixth-round selection of the Cleveland Browns in 2010, Geathers, 6-7, 325, has spent time with the Browns, Dolphins, Seahawks, Cowboys and Colts in his three-year career, appearing in 15 total games. He played in eight games for Indianapolis in 2012, recording five tackles and 1.0 sack.

There are only two defensive linemen (Calais Campbell and Ropati Pitoitua) in the NFL currently taller than Geathers.


Geathers starred collegiately at South Carolina, where he played in 36 career games and finished with 72 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles. He enrolled at South Carolina in January 2007 after spending the fall at Hargrove Military Academy in Chatham, VA. The Georgetown, SC, native attended Carvers Bay High School.

The 25-year-old Geathers comes from a football family as his brother, Robert, has played nine years as a defensive end with the Bengals after being drafted in the fourth round by Cincinnati in 2004. His father, Robert, Sr., also a defensive lineman, was a third-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1981. In addition, his uncle, James "Jumpy" Geathers, enjoyed a 13-year NFL career, won a Super Bowl with the Redskins, and recorded 66 career sacks with the Saints (1984-89), Redskins (1990-93), Falcons (1994-95) and Broncos (1996).

Havili, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Eagles in 2011 and spent his rookie season on the practice squad. He played in 15 games for the Eagles in 2012, catching seven passes for 43 yards.

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