Wednesday, August 22, 2007
As shocked as I was initially, the day after the news of Jeremiah Trotter's release brings things a little more into focus.
Fact: There is no denying that he clearly is on the down side of his career. One look at last year's playoff game in New Orleans, where he was essentially non-existent and where the Saints literally ran the ball right at him - and you can see that.
Fact: Age. Jeremiah is 30 and yes the Eagles steadfastly deny having such a rule in place, the fact remains that this age has become a benchmark of sorts where the Eagles take a long and hard look at a given player before deciding to keep him in the nest or not. Brian Dawkins comes to mind as one of those post-30 players they decided was worth holding onto.
Fact: The Eagles under Andy Reid have never placed as much value on linebackers as they have on other positions.
Fact: The NFL is a business. Plain and simple.
Will I miss the Ax Man? Absolutely. His value went way beyond the gridiron. But will life go on? Of course it will.
Til next time.
Posted by Steve Olenski at Wednesday, August 22, 2007