Former Eagles News: Will Witherspoon and Chris Gocong could be signed soon

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Every year, Eagles players come and go. With such a quick turnaround in professional football, the majority of NFL players work for multiple teams during their tenure in the league. The Eagles have had a lot of popular and one-time tenured players leave over the past few seasons and its easy to lose track of their career progress after they leave Philadelphia. That's why Bleeding Green Nation keeps track of the former Eagles around the league, so you don't have to. This week, as training camps approach, former Eagles without jobs are starting to appear in stories across the internet in anticipation for a signing in the near future.

  • Former Eagles linebacker, Will Witherspoon, is set to rejoin the team that Philadelphia traded with to acquire him midway through 2009. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Witherspoon is expected to rejoin the Rams before training camp commences. The 32-year old was traded six games into the 2009 season to the Eagles for then-rookie wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a 6th round pick. Witherspoon made an impressive debut as an Eagle against the Redskins when he had an interception for a touchdown, a sack and a forced fumble. He then slowly disappeared during the rest of the 2009 campaign. The 11-year veteran played had for the Titans for the last three seasons and played for Jeff Fisher during his first season in Tennessee.
  • Chris Gocong, who played for the Eagles for four years and auditioned for the team during minicamps, apparently has (at least publicly) a secret admirer. According to the same Witherspoon article, Gocong has an offer from one (unknown) team and has also generated interest from several other teams. Gocong spent all of last year on injured reserve after he ruptured his Achilles tendon. The Cal Poly alum had been playing for the Browns and had a career-year in 2011.
  • In a week that was dominated by former Eagles linebacker news, Moise Fokou is making an impact in Tennessee. The former 7th round pick is in a battle with Colin McCarthy for the Titans starting middle linebacker spot. Fokou signed a two-year deal this offseason after a year in Indianapolis and apparently is sticking out on the field. The Former Eagle and Maryland alum reportedly has "momentum" and is (surprisingly) faster than McCarthy. Fokou played for the Eagles from 2008-2011 and was traded with Greg Lloyd to the Colts for a travel thermos and some used silly string (Kevin Thomas and a conditional 7th round pick) last offseason.
  • Curiosity may make a former Eagle into a cat. While that was a horrible joke, apparently the Carolina Panthers are "curious" about Quintin Mikell. According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, the "curious" comment comes from the lips of Head Coach Ron Rivera (way to play hardball in those negotiations!). Mikell started his career in Philadelphia and played eight seasons for the Eagles, making one Pro Bowl and two All-Pro teams. Mikell signed with the Rams in 2011 and played two seasons for St. Louis. Despite turning 33 in September, the 10-year pro has played at a high level as recently as last year. He was cut due to cost and now could seriously upgrade the Panthers at strong safety.
  • In case you were "curious" about other former Eagles, Sheldon Brown, Takeo Spikes, Owen Schmitt, Juqua Parker, Demetress Bell and Winston Justice all have yet to be signed. Also, Chad Hall is still on the 49ers (I am just as surprised as you are).
Update: Witherspoon has signed with the Rams as expected. Also, by some sort of witch magic, the Cowboys are now expected to sign Demetress Bell (look out Romo).
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