Eagles trade for LB Witherspoon

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley


If you were scarred by watching Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter chase Raiders tight ends around the Black Hole on Sunday, I have some good news for you. The Eagles have acquired 29-year-old linebacker Will Witherspoon from the Rams in exchange for wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round pick in 2010.

Witherspoon has been a very productive player since joining the Rams in 2006. He was a third-round pick by the Panthers in 2002 and he made 16 tackles in the Super Bowl for Carolina. The Eagles were in desperate need of a linebacker with Omar Gaither suffering from a foot injury and Trotter trying to get up to speed after being out of the league for two years.

Witherspoon injured his back and hip in Sunday's game, so I'm not sure what his status will be for Monday's game against the Eagles. But if he's anywhere close to healthy, the Eagles need him immediately. Why did the Rams give up a pretty good player for Gibson and a fifth-round pick? Well, obviously they were probably going to release him at the end of the season. Former Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is in the process of changing that locker room in St. Louis.

Good move by the Eagles.