Word on the street is that former Eagles middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter could be back for another season. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the 32-year old veteran was in Philadelphia for a second time this week to undergo a physical. Andy Reid and the coaching staff must have liked what they saw from Trotter's initial workout, which was reportedly just to "see where he was at" after a year away from the game.
The "Axe Man" has been in and out of an Eagles uniform since he was first drafted by the Birds in 1998. While on the field, Trotter provided ferocious play, helping the team reach the Super Bowl in 2004 after his ascent to the starting MLB position. Trotter accumulated 632 tackles over his 10 year NFL career, including 12.5 sacks, 9 interceptions, and 2 touchdowns. A knee injury forced the Eagles to cut him after the 2006 season, thus beginning the era of Stewart Bradley.
Now, with Bradley on Injured Reserve, the move to sign Trotter makes sense. He can provide veteran leadership among the young linebacking corps, plus his prior knowledge of the Eagles' defense will hopefully help him to quickly adjust back to the NFL. It is unlikely that he will start, however, as Omar Gaither led the team in tackles with nine against the Chiefs. Akeem Jordan has also produced two interceptions in three games and Chris Gocong has continued his solid play. Even Tracy White has been getting in on the action, rotating in for Jordan in the nickel formation. The question remains then, that if Trotter is signed, who will be cut to make room for him?