Trotter may visit Green Bay

Jeremiah Trotter is currently leaning toward the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers as places to play football this upcoming season. Trotter, the premier middle linebacker of this year's crop of free agents, was released by Philadelphia last week and probably will not return to play for the Eagles.<p>

Trotter, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, was scheduled to meet with the Texans today and Thursday, according to He also may meet with Green Bay officials near the end of this week.

Trotter, 25, and the Eagles parted ways last Friday when Philadelphia rescinded his "franchise" designation. He reportedly refused to sign the one-year tender offered by Philadelphia worth $5.5 million, and Eagles coach Andy Reid proceeded to waive him off the roster. Early last week, Trotter's agent, Jimmy Sexton, told the Eagles that Trotter would sign the one-year tender of $5.515 million for a "franchise" linebacker, provided the team stipulated that it would not use the label on the four-year veteran again next spring. But Trotter never did sign the tender and got his wish to be an unrestricted free agent.

The 6-foot-1, 261 pound Trotter is from Texarkana, Texas and he attended Stephen F. Austin. Sexton also represents Texans head coach Dom Capers, which presumably gives the Texans the best chance to sign him. The Texans also are about $10.5 million under the salary cap while the Packers are about $1.14 million under the cap. The Minnesota Vikings, also in search of a middle linebacker, are about $12.7 million under the cap.

A fifth-year pro, Trotter was the Eagles' defensive MVP last season. He reportedly is seeking a deal which would average $6 million per season.

The Packers currently have penciled in Torrance Marshall, a third-round pick last season, as the starting middle linebacker. Green Bay released veteran Bernardo Harris in February to clear room under the salary cap.

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