Eagles Sign LB Jeremiah Trotter; Release QB Jeff Garcia
The Philadelphia Eagles signed four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jeremiah Trotter to a one-year contract on Tuesday. To make room on the 53-man roster, the club released quarterback Jeff Garcia.
The 32-year-old Trotter, who hasn’t played in the NFL since spending part of the 2007 season with Tampa Bay, will be marking his third stint in Philadelphia. The former starting middle linebacker for the Eagles played in the City of Brotherly Love from 1998-2001 and again from 2004-2006.
Trotter worked out twice for the Eagles over the past week, and head coach Andy Reid was obviously impressed.
A third-round draft choice of the Eagles in 1998, Trotter quickly became a crowd favorite in Philadelphia. The 6-foot-1, 262-pounder recorded at least 100 tackles and topped the team in that category during five of his seven seasons with the Eagles.
In 134 career games, 117 of those starts, for Philadelphia, Washington, and Tampa Bay, Trotter has complied 1,201 tackles, 12 1/2 sacks, nine interceptions and eight forced fumbles.
Garcia, who was signed by the Eagles when they learned Donovan McNabb would miss time due to a rib injury, served as backup to Kevin Kolb for two games.
With McNabb expected back after Philadelphia’s bye week, the Eagles didn’t have a need for Garcia with Kolb and Michael Vick returning from a league suspension in Week 3.