View Full Version : More on Trotter from Philly, Vikings call Dolphins about Surtain...

03-03-2005, 02:16 AM
Jeremiah Trotter might still become the first Eagles free agent of the Andy Reid era to return to the Birds after being courted by another team, but it might hinge on the physical Trotter was to undergo during his visit in Kansas City, which began late yesterday afternoon.

One reason the Eagles didn't come up with the kind of financial commitment Trotter wanted before free agency began was concern about the outlook for Trotter's knees, sources close to the situation have said. If, after an exam, the Chiefs have the same concerns, they are unlikely to dramatically surpass the Eagles' offer, and the market for the 28-year-old middle linebacker will be established. But if the Chiefs think Trotter's knees look good, they and other possible suitors probably will be willing to pay significantly more than the Eagles.

Neither Trotter nor his agent, Jimmy Sexton, returned calls from the Daily News yesterday. Other sources close to the situation indicated that an ESPNews report saying Trotter was close to a deal with the Chiefs was premature. WIP radio reported that Trotter also hopes to visit the Falcons and Seahawks. The Falcons have little salary-cap room. The Seahawks are in better shape, but they emphatically passed on Trotter when he was available as a free agent last spring, and they are expected to eat up much of their cap room re-signing their own free agents.

Sexton did speak with the Eagles yesterday, a source said, for the first time since Monday, just to reassure them that Trotter was keeping the door open to returning.

The Eagles - whose Web site still offers a "hand-signed Jeremiah Trotter mini-helmet" as an enticement for an Eagles Mastercard - apparently haven't set any sort of deadline for getting a deal done with Trotter. Though it's true they haven't won any bidding wars for their own free agents under the current regime, it's also true they've rarely let anyone enter free agency that they've had much interest in retaining. Trotter might be the first.

link (http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/sports/football/nfl/11037849.htm)

The Dolphins opened free agency Wednesday by putting a priority on finding a defensive lineman -- and that search has started with former Tennessee Titan Kevin Carter, who was brought in for a visit.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings called to express interest in trading for Dolphins cornerback Patrick Surtain. Vikings president of football operations Rob Brzezinski, a former Dolphins executive, said he held discussions with Miami and agent Gary Uberstine.

Surtain also has received interest from Kansas City, San Diego and Oakland. Miami would save between $5.8 million and $6.1 million against the salary cap by trading Surtain.
link (http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/football/11036877.htm)

03-03-2005, 02:41 AM
we had bad fortune with the last eagle we brought in(welbourne), and the other did nothing (caver)

03-03-2005, 02:46 AM
We've had trouble with 2 Eagle injuries(Welbourn and Barber).