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Eagles Release LB Witherspoon
 
March 5, 2010 | Last Updated: 3/5/10 5:23 PM ET | Comments (102)

Dave Spadaro announced on Eagles Live! that the Eagles have released linebacker Will Witherspoon.

Witherspoon was acquired at the trade deadline in 2009 from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round draft pick.

Witherspoon stepped in immediately and started at middle linebacker before being moved to the weakside later in the season.

The Eagles tendered offers to three restricted free agent linebackers on Thursday: Chris Gocong (third-round level), Akeem Jordan (2nd-round) and Omar Gaither (fifth-round).

The other linebackers currently on the roster are middle linebacker Stewart Bradley, who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during the 2009 pre-season, and Moise Fokou, who started several games on the strong side in his rookie season.

Linebackers Tracy White and Jeremiah Trotter are both unrestricted free agents.

The Eagles also announced that the release of running back Brian Westbrook has become official.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 4:58 p.m., March 5
Eagles Release LB Witherspoon
   
eaglesrbetter@...
03/06/10
2:15 pm ET
@juzzblaze5- You are an IDIOT. If you think that Peppers wasn't worth the money then holla back after next season when we don't win a SB again. You are assuming that Peppers will be the next Jevon Kearse. Your assumptions are not FACTS! Your pointless blabber is just making you look like a fool.
juzzblaze5@...
03/06/10
1:51 pm ET
Maybe a good pick for a year but he's a puss. I can't help but think of the possibilities if we had steven jackson. Why do we need this great offensive line if we don't use it. We don't run alot and we need that money and picks on defense. We wasted picks for years, alla Kolb,patterson, Bunkley, abiamiri. Don't get me wrong there decent but where they were picked there Garbage. We passed on def good guys for them. Maclin, McCoy, and Jackson def good picks I think we need better defensive scouts.
juzzblaze5@...
03/06/10
1:37 pm ET
Eaglesrbetter you have know idea about what ur talking about. I guess we need to move onto the Kolb Era right. Not to me he cant stand in the pocket and seems scared to death back there. You say what you want but McNabb has done his part and is our best option and why should we pay a ton for Peppers when he will end up just like Kearse. We need a contributor that isn't about the paycheck, has a motor and heart. That would be Kampman and if he doesn't pan out he will just be another Darren Howard
Mr.Norfleet
03/06/10
1:34 pm ET
I know witherspoon didnt play great outside of that 1st game, but he was learning on the fly. LB is a position we are already weak at, why let one of your better ones walk. All the people who could have helped in FA are gone. Stop being cheap! This team needs help and the draft isnt gonna get you 3 starters. Get real this team doesnt care about winning a chip.
juzzblaze5@...
03/06/10
1:28 pm ET
Who the hell wants to keep Witherspoon? We had our chances at good linebackers but they would rather stick with Gocong, Akeem Jordan and that loser Moises Fokou who made more big penalties than big plays
eaglesrbetter@...
03/06/10
12:28 pm ET
Why didn't the eagles try to cut McNabb's paycheck in Half for next season so we could use it to keep Will Witherspoon? I think McNabb is overpaid for a QB who hasn't won anything so why not take money out of his paycheck to better the team?
jamie17
03/06/10
11:27 am ET
I have a bad feeling Witherspoon will sign with the Giants and will make a big play against us to kill our playoff hopes next year...
o0_papito_0o@...
03/06/10
10:35 am ET
another service message: STOP TAKING PLAYERS/COACHES FROM BUM TEAMS (besides jauron. he hasn't been here yet to make or break). Peters and weaver are good enough. I hope you guys dont get your hopes up for the draft either. Andy's gonna have us booing the next guy like we did donovan when we were wanting ricky williams. I guess wwe will get a ring before 2012......maybe........:o(
o0_papito_0o@...
03/06/10
10:31 am ET
Im ashamed!!! my eagles are slowly but surely becoming the 76ers lol. STOP BEING SO DAM CHEAP. these guys forget the days of the VET. when we couldn't pay guys to come here, sometimes just because of the field conditions. Now we get a better stadium and players aren't gonna want to come here because of how dirty we treat them and how cheap we are being.
eaglesrbetter@...
03/06/10
10:26 am ET
Why couldn't they just pay Witherspoon the 5 million? That's basically lunch money compared to what Peppers got.
eaglesrbetter@...
03/06/10
10:18 am ET
I should have seen this coming....it's like last year when they released Dawkins and the majority of the fan base was upset....You know what played a role into that decision? MONEY....this organization is sooo CHEAP! This is how it will always be which is different year and same results....iggle fan pissed!
IceManJB
03/06/10
9:52 am ET
Who needs to make a free agent deal when Andy can attend Maxwell Awards and get a Meal??? Meal or deal? I think meal wins every time!!! Now, if there was a no tackling corner out there, I'm sure they'd be ready to throw a ton of cash at him!!!!
IceManJB
03/06/10
9:48 am ET
I thought Witherspoon played well. He was an immediate improvement when he came in. Guess he made too much money in an un-capped year. If you think this ownership was cheap with a cap...you'll see how cheap they really are without one. No signings...letting Witherspoon go...one less guy in the FO with Howie filling the gap. It's going to get ugly in Philly!!! THIS TEAM STILL HASN'T BEATEN A PLAYOFF CALIBER TEAM IN OVER a YEAR. The defense flat out stinks!!!
e36agles@...
03/06/10
9:42 am ET
or derick johnson from the chiefs
e36agles@...
03/06/10
9:40 am ET
we could also trade for one of the raiders backers like howard
e36agles@...
03/06/10
9:30 am ET
wow this is awful theres only one way i can this team getting better now we have sign Atogwe Oshiomogho or gibril wilson to play safety trade mcnabb for a first and draft jason piere paul or derick morgan and with our 24th pick sean weatherspoon get vladimir ducasse in round 2 put him at guard right away and draft olb aj edds in the third along with a corner thats the only way to go now o and if the bears release tomy harris sign him but none of this will happen because our FO is doing nuthing this year but who cares we can make the wild card right?
Eagles069
03/06/10
9:21 am ET
NO D i didnt say it was an even trade ...I stated they could have made a trade and used vick in the trade ... awww and rolle went to the giants ... made him the richest safety in the nfl ... nice ... wow all the best FA snatched up ... how many did we get ?? unreal
subordinate.grind@...
03/06/10
8:55 am ET
It´s siply a shame!!!
richardgross2002@...
03/06/10
8:27 am ET
And, as my parting comment, I repeat: it is the Curse of Vick.
richardgross2002@...
03/06/10
8:19 am ET
Peppers for Vick...and who? Peyton Manning? What a dreamer. Peppers is leaving a team with "potential." He wants a ring, not a team with "potential." Can't you all see it, dummies. The Eagles' FO is in rebuilding mode. All that's left is for them to override Reid and trade DMac. They have too much invested in Kolb, so they have to let him on the field...even tho he will suck after the first time around the NFC East. It's about saving face...and $$$. That's the Stinkles!
Eagles069
03/06/10
8:05 am ET
It would have been nice to see them work a deal for peppers using vick and making some type of deal ...
richardgross2002@...
03/06/10
7:59 am ET
...oh, while we're talking potential, the Eagles have the potential to unload Michael Sick to the Panthers. Oh, and he likes their uniforms. Smart guy. From my lips to god's ears....
Eagles069
03/06/10
7:57 am ET
I dunno about this move ... kinda liked the guy ... well the eagles are sitting back as great "proven" talent is being signed all around the nfl .. I really dont think waiting for the draft and making a move their is always best ... I think "proven" talent in the nfl is the best .. a guy coming in who was great in college doesnt mean hes gonna be great in the pro's ... Get the best avail talent during FA yet the birds are sitting back ... Arizona is putting up Rolle who i think is a good safety why not give the guy a shot ... I thought for peppers he would have come to philly since we are a better shot at a superbowl then the bears in my eyes ... I think he had 91.5 million reasons why .. He has 3-4 good years left he wont make 6 in chicago ... I am just wondering what the eagles are doing ... its very quiet and maybe something is brewing ... I wouldnt be suprised if something happens this weekend ... Its a **** not knowing
richardgross2002@...
03/06/10
7:48 am ET
There is andrew_short69 runnin' off at the mouth again. "Potential" (not-so-Macho Harris)is the most overused word in sports. Replace McNabb with Kolb because the OL will suck and Kolb is younger/stronger??? You're a hoot. Kolb can't evade MY rush. He'll spend more time on his back than a $5 hooker. One name: Norman Snead. What you don't know about football - and Eagles football history - andrew_short69 is a lot!
andrew_short69@...
03/06/10
6:37 am ET
Macho has potential, tony G couldnt even get a reception on him, he wasnt a great tackler, but he was a 190 pound corner tryin to learn FS in the nfl. Macho was much better than sean jones who was the most pothetic safety i have ever seen, he freezes worse than cromartie and couldnt cover my grandmother



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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