Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter was a life raft for the Eagles in the 2009 season. After losing Stewart Bradley and Omar Gaither to season-ending injuries, Trotter was signed off the street and called into action playing extensively at middle linebacker.
Trotter showed glimpses of his four-time Pro Bowl self, but the 33-year-old is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent (regardless of the status of the Collective Bargaining Agreement) in March.
Despite the fact that Trotter would likely have been out of football for two years if it wasn't for Bradley's injury, Trotter wants to continue playing. And he would love to do so in Philadelphia.
"I look forward to being an Eagle again," Trotter told CBS3 (KYW-TV). "I think I proved to everyone I can still play the game."
Trotter understands that the Eagles brass just returned from the Senior Bowl and has only begun to discuss plans for free agency and the draft.
"No major decision will be made right now," Trotter said. "I'll deal with that when (the time) comes."
The Eagles are counting on Bradley to make a successful return from his ACL injury. The Eagles lost a Pro Bowl-caliber three-down linebacker when Bradley suffered the injury in August. Gaither is also expected to make a full recovery from his Lis Franc sprain, but he is scheduled to be a free agent (restricted if there is not an extension to the CBA).
Trotter started seven games for the Eagles in 2009 and recorded 40 tackles.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 7:06 a.m., February 8