Looking to add to their linebacking core, the Bucs today added former Eagle Jeremiah Trotter to their roster, signing the vet to a one-year deal worth more than the league minimum according to the Tampa Tribune. Trotter was released by the Eagles on August 21st, to the surprise of much of the team, that was very outspoken about losing the middle linebacker. According to the report, Trotter is expected to be in Tampa tonight, and will sign the deal. Agent Jimmy Sexton also stated that Trotter will play middle linebacker for the Buccaneers. Whether Trotter will start or not is up in the air, as Barrett Rudd was slated to be the starting middle linebacker for Tampa Bay.
The deal to sign Trotter was completed over the weekend according to the report. The 30-year-old vet will be entering this 10th season in the NFL. He started with the Eagles back n 1998, then after four seasons, played two in Washington. He then returned to Philly, playing the last three seasons before his release. Last season he complied 113 total tackles in 16 games, adding one forced fumble. In his career, he has 861 career tackles, 12.5 sacks and nine interceptions. The four-time Pro Bowler right away should add a lot to the Bucs defense, but he clearly is on the downside of his career, and last season he appeared to lose a step. If he can get back to form like two seasons ago, he will be a difference maker for Tampa Bay.