Add quarterback Donovan McNabb to the list of those are stunned, and not exactly happy, about the release of popular linebacker Jeremiah Trotter. The outspoken QB was candid on Wednesday about his feelings about the Eagles sudden release of Trotter, who they claim “lost a step” at the middle linebacker spot. The 30-year-old’s release on Tuesday was received with great shock throughout the team, and now McNabb is taking the role of team spokesman in telling those outside the team how he and his teammates feel.
“Every year, it’s a surprise” McNabb said about the shocking cut. “In this game that we play, things happen, and you always ask the question, ‘Why?’ and you never seem to get a correct answer. It’s something I’ve kind of, sort of grown accustomed to in my nine years now. You know, you just hope that it never happens, but it does.” McNabb said he spoke to head coach Andy Reid about the release of their defensive leader and four time Pro Bowl linebacker, but was really not given much in the way of answers as to why the axe was dropped on Trotter. “I don’t know why,” McNabb said.
McNabb went on to say it could take days, and even weeks, for the team to get over the loss of Trotter, who had an emotional good-bye with his teammates after practice on Tuesday. Trotter must still have gas in the tank, as more than a few teams are already taking a look at grabbing him off the free agent market, and Wednesday he was in Tampa to visit the Bucs. “I mean, you’re going to get answers, but it’s all in the answers you accept,” McNabb lamented. “I mean, what’s really the true answer? You know, you talk to players that kind of go through it, and they move on to given teams. You know, you ask questions of some people around the organization, but as a player, and knowing that a player has just been released, and you’re still trying to find out why, you never really get a full answer of why.”
For now the Eagles will move on as Omar Gaither will take over Trotter’s role at the middle linebacker spot, and Takeo Spikes, who the team acquired in the offseason, will now be the vocal and undisputed leader of the linebackers. He was hoping to play along with Trotter this season, but now, along with the rest of the team, will quickly have to come to the reality that one of their most popular players will not be around anymore.