Reid: Witherspoon brought in to be middle linebacker

The Eagles have acquired linebacker Will WItherspoon from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round pick. (Chris Lee / AP)

The Eagles acquired linebacker Will Witherspoon from St. Louis for wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round pick in 2010.

Today is the NFL trading deadline and the Eagles clearly had a need at linebacker. Gibson looked good in training camp but has not been playing.

Andy Reid was clear about his intentions for Witherspoon, "I'm bringing [Witherspoon] in here to be my MIKE linebacker."

The moves comes on the heels of a rough performance by Jeremiah Trotter against the Raiders and Omar Gaither’s foot injury, although Gaither indicated that he did not think he was seriously hurt. Reid said Gaither will see a foot specialist.

Witherspoon, in his eighth season out of Georgia, sustained injuries to his hip and back in Sunday’s overtime loss at Jacksonville. The 29-year-old had to be assisted to the sidelines by trainers. An MRI indicated only a bruise.

Witherspoon, 6-1, 239, signed a 6-year, $33 million deal (including $15 million guaranteed) with St. Louis in 2006. In his first season with the Rams, he played in all 16 games and recorded a career-high 113 tackles and three sacks. In 2007 he recorded 110 tackles and a career-high seven sacks and was named Team MVP for 2007

In 2004, he played in Super Bowl for Carolina and had a career-high 16 tackles. He ended the campaign with a total of 99 tackles, one sack and one interception. He was a Panthers' third-round pick in 2002.

Reid also said there is a "good chance" that Todd Herremans will make his season debut against Washington on Monday night. The scan on his surgically repaired foot looked good, Reid said.

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