Trotter Ready to Sign With Skins

Former Eagles middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter is getting closer to finalizing a deal that will make him a Washington Redskin. Although it is unlikely to happen, both sides want the deal to be done before the draft begins less than 24 hours from now.

The Skins have been talking to Trotter for nearly a week, and met with his camp on Sunday and Monday of this week. Trotter has also talked to the Houston Texans, and they remain his first choice, because Texas is his home state.

The Skins seem to be determined in their pursuit of the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker. The addition of Trotter would give the Skins perhaps the most talented linebacker corps in the NFC, or even the NFL. He'd team with newly signed Jesse Armstead (formerly of the Giants), and LeVar Arrington who is fast becoming one of the best linebackers in football. All three (Arrington, Armstead, and Trotter) were Pro Bowl players last season.

Trotter and his agent, Jimmy Sexton, have been talking regularly with the Redskins, and both sides want the deal to come off. The length of the deal is still to be determined but expected to be in the 4-7 year range. The signing bonus is expected to be anywhere between $5-$7 million. Trotter likes the idea of playing for the Skins, because it presents him the opportunity to play the Eagles twice a year.

While the Skins are in cap difficulty, the most likely way they will attempt to get the deal done is to restructure the contact(s) of RB Stephan Davis, and/or DE Marco Coleman. The Skins have little left after adding Jesse Armstead, and defensive lineman Renaldo Wynn.

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