Jeremiah Trotter Would Like to Remain a Philadelphia Eagle

Bob CunninghamSenior Analyst IFebruary 8, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 11:  Jeremiah Trotter #54 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs on the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on October 11, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Jeremiah Trotter, set to become an unrestricted free agent regardless of the status of the CBA, has been saying all offseason that he wants to remain an Eagle. He reiterated that desire to Philadelphia's CBS affiliate recently.

"I look forward to being an Eagle again," Trotter told CBS3. "I think I proved to everyone I can still play the game."

He definitely proved that he can still be effectivestarting seven games and recording 40 tacklesbut convincing the Eagles that he deserves another contract when they have all of their linebackers coming back next season will be difficult to accomplish.

Omar Gaither and Chris Gocong were set to become unrestricted free agents, but with the CBA in limbo will only be restricted free agents. So unless they're cut or someone thinks they're worth losing a draft pick, Gaither and Gocong will both be back for 2010.

That gives the Eagles, at the very least, two very good back-ups and really diminishes the need for Trotter. Gaither can, and has, played in the middle, so he would take the backup spot Trott is shooting for.

Not only that, but the age difference alone is going to have the Eagles leaning towards Gaither.

Based on what the Eagles have done in the past, and what my gut is telling me, Trotter is going to get a beautiful "thank you" speech from Reid, but he will not remain an Eagle.

He will, however, remain on Reid's speed dial if something were to happen again.