The Eagles confirmed that they worked out former linebacker Jeremiah Trotter today at the NovaCare Complex. Trotter last played two seasons ago for Tampa Bay.
“I felt really good,” Trotter said on 610-WIP. “I’ve been training and working out. The indication I got from everybody was that the workout went really well.”
Trotter said that he first contacted coach Andy Reid about the possibility of a workout after starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley tore his anterior cruciate ligament during training camp.
"I told him I was in great shape and I could help him out," Trotter said. "Nothing happened. But he called me today and wanted me to come in for a workout.”
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“Going over today I was nervous as heck because I didn’t play all of last year. When I was in Tampa I practiced every day but I didn’t play. ... Obviously, I’m not in football shape. That’s going to take me getting out on the field.”
There was an initial report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The former Pro Bowler played for the Eagles over two stints, from 1998-2001 and from 2004-06. Trotter was cut just before the 2007 season when the team decided to go with Omar Gaither at middle linebacker. Gaither is currently in the middle.
Joe Mays was given every shot to claim the job, but he failed to put his stamp on the spot and Gaither was handed the starting position. Gaither has nine tackles, a half a sack and fumble recovery through two games. Mays missed the first game with a shoulder sprain but is back practicing.
Trotter was selected to the Pro Bowl four times (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005). He has recently been a talk radio host on (610) WIP-AM. Linebacker Tracy White currently wears Trotter's old uniform, No. 54.
"I ain't worried about that at all," Trotter said. "I just want to get out there on the field."