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Trotter For Hire

Posted by Matt on August 21, 2007

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According to ESPN.com (link), the Philadelphia Eagles have released linebacker Jeremiah Trotter earlier today. Trotter is a nine year NFL veteran who has played the majority of his career with the Eagles. Here, however, is where it gets interesting: early in the 2002 year, the Eagles ‘Franchise Tagged’ Trotter and then subsequently relinquished the tag making Jeremiah a free agent. Trotter was then signed by the 2002 Washington Redskins, whose defensive coordinator was none other then our very own Marvin Lewis.

This means that at minimum, Trotter has at least some idea of a Marvin Lewis ran defense and, as an Eagle last year, he recorded 113 total tackles, which would’ve tied him with Landon Johnson for most on the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006 (his 88 solo tackles would have been the most solo tackles overall on the Bengals last year as well).

It is no secret the the Bengals’ linebacking corps is a bit depleted with ILB Odell Thurman out for the season due to a suspension and OLB David Pollack out for the season with a neck injury, not to mention that LB Rashad Jeanty is currently inactive with his own undisclosed injury and first-year LB Eric Henderson was placed on the injured reserve after recently fracturing his wrist. Could Trotter be the plug up the middle that “2006 free agent splash” Sam Adams never was?

We may never know, but if the preaseason, thus far, has proved anything to the Bengals, they need all the help on defense that they can get. I don’t know if Trotter is the answer were looking for, but he may certainly be worth looking in to.

Hopefully Marvin Lewis & Co. are one step ahead of yours truly.

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