The first player on the final roster of the 2009 Eagles to sign elsewhere is linebacker Will Witherspoon, after he agreed to a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans yesterday. Wide receiver Reggie Brown was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.
Witherspoon was released by the Eagles on March 5, the first day of the new league year. He was acquired by the Eagles at the trading deadline in exchange for wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a 2010 fifth-round draft pick in order to replace Omar Gaither, who incurred a season-ending foot injury the week before.
Witherspoon's deal in Tennessee in reportedly for $11 million over the three years of the contract, with $5 million guaranteed.
Witherspoon's former teammate, defensive end Jason Babin, also reportedly visited Tennessee yesterday, though there is no word on a potential contract agreement. The Eagles reportedly have the right of first refusal to any deal that Babin signs with another team.
The Eagles currently have six linebackers on their roster: Stewart Bradley, Moise Fokou, Chris Gocong, Akeem Jordan, Gaither and Joe Mays. Gocong (third-round tender), Jordan (second-round tender) and Gaither (fifth-round tender) are all restricted free agents.
Jeremiah Trotter and Tracy White are both unrestricted free agents.
If the Eagles are to further address the linebacker position through free agency, there aren't many superstars available but there is plenty of value. Tommy Lawlor highlights the best available linebackers here and here.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 9:33 a.m., March 10