Jeremiah to Trot Away

Philadelphia Eagles starting MLB Jeremiah Trotter was released by the team on Tuesday morning.

Second-year LB Omar Gaither, who was backing up Jeremiah Trotter since minicamps started, is slated to take over with the first-team defense.

"Jeremiah is one of my favorite guys," said head coach Andy Reid. "There's no question that this is the toughest part of this job. He and I met about this last night and it was very emotional for the both of us. Jeremiah and I have been together for many years and he's played a vital role in helping this team win a lot of football games. He developed himself into a Pro Bowl middle linebacker through a lot of hard work and desire. In my mind, he will always be a Philadelphia Eagle and I'm sure he feels the same way. I wish he and his family nothing but the best in the future."

Trotter's play regressed last season to the point where some wondered if he could still play at a high level. It was clear that he was too heavy, so he wound up losing about 10-12 pounds since the season ended. But his play hadn't picked up to the point where the team could justify paying him to be a starter.

Trotter had three years left on his contract with base salaries of $2.635 million, $2.72 million, and 3.28 million.

Gaither has three years left on his rookie deal, but don't be surprised if the team looks to sign him to a long-term deal soon. Philadelphia likes to sign key players to extensions in the second or third year of rookie deals feeling they can get them signed at a better price rather than waiting until the player becomes a star.



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