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  • Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

    Breaking news Rams get the shaft on deal that sends WW to the Eagles for nobody and a nothing draft pick... but that's just my take. Here is the Rotoworld post.

    Eagles acquired LB Will Witherspoon from the Rams in exchange for WR Brandon Gibson and a 2010 fifth-round pick.
    Witherspoon was carried off the field Sunday with an apparent knee injury, but he must have been cleared by Eagles' doctors. Though he had been playing on the weak side in St. Louis, he has experience in the middle and will likely play there for Philly. Jeremiah Trotter and Omar Gaither have been burned in the passing game, so Witherspoon fill a need. Oct. 20 - 4:16 pm et
    GARBAGE!

  • #2
    Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

    Wow. Are you kidding me...

    He's never even played before...
    Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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    • #3
      Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

      WOW! I can't believe we traded our (arguably) best defensive player for a nobody and a late draft pick. I know we needed a WR...but WOW!

      What the hell is Devaney thinking????

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      • #4
        Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

        I don't know anything about Gibson. Evidently he was drafted in the 6th round this year. So we get a young WR who may or may not do anything for us and a 5th rounder. Doesn't seem like much, but then again I'm not sure Witherspoon was going to last through the off-season anyway considering how much he was slated to make next year (don't remember how much, I remember seeing it and thinking it was too much for him).

        All in all, I'll take it. We've traded an aging veteran for a draft pick. At least we're building for the future.

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        • #5
          Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

          You guys are going to like Gibson a lot.

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          • #6
            Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

            well we probably not going to re-sign him anyway and he was not as good as he was in the middle for us so getting a developmental WR is good and we can use that 5th rounder this off-season

            Spoon is a good fit for the eagles.

            heck what if Gibson flourishes with the rams. He can jump for the passes and make catches at its highest point

            lets be a little optimistic about this one and the rams save money.

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            • #7
              Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

              This is a bit much though. Literally we get a 6th and a 5th for WW who IMO is worth at least a 3rd.

              We definitely gave up way too much here.

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              • #8
                Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

                Ouch.


                Let's hope this works

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                • #9
                  Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

                  I'm not feeling this trade yet. Gibson is alright in exchange but a 5th..... NOT good enough. Name 5th rouders on our starting roster (where WW is)... not many.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

                    Brandon Gibson has the potential to be a pretty good receiver. Had a really good junior season in college and should have come out then.

                    To get a fifth round pick and Gibson for an impact linebacker that the Eagles desperately needed is a joke. You need at least a third rounder so that you have the potential to replace that playmaker through the draft.

                    My biggest problem with this is that we got rid Tinoisamoa because we werent going to pay him that much to be a backup, now we trade away our best defensive player. The Rams are in rebuilding mode, but dont tell me it doesnt help to have a talented veteran help bring the young guys along.

                    This may be the best move for the future, but it sure seems like we gave up a lot to get very little in return.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

                      Man, you guys are all over this before the new reciever has even been thrown a pass. I remember no one being too excited about Robinson and he turns out to be our best wide reciever (until the injury). Let's look at this from a not knee-jerk "omg they got rid of witherspoon!!!!1111" perspective:

                      1. Everyone said to go out and get a wide reciever. They just did.
                      2. It's commonly understood that we need a reciever with size to compliment our reciever with speed. This guy has size.
                      3. The player is young, giving him lots of time to develop. If he turns out to be good he could be a great asset for the future.
                      4. From all reports this is a reciever with hands, not unlike Burton. He is however faster (I think) than Burton and certainly larger. He has the go up and get it size and hands we need in the redzone....which happens to be where our offense struggles the most.
                      5. What has WItherspoon done lately to suggest he's worth more than this?
                      "I've been saving the Universe for over a thousand years. I figure it owes me just this once."

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                      • #12
                        Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

                        Originally posted by RamJackson39 View Post
                        Brandon Gibson has the potential to be a pretty good receiver. Had a really good junior season in college and should have come out then.

                        To get a fifth round pick and Gibson for an impact linebacker that the Eagles desperately needed is a joke. You need at least a third rounder so that you have the potential to replace that playmaker through the draft.

                        My biggest problem with this is that we got rid Tinoisamoa because we werent going to pay him that much to be a backup, now we trade away our best defensive player. The Rams are in rebuilding mode, but dont tell me it doesnt help to have a talented veteran help bring the young guys along.

                        This may be the best move for the future, but it sure seems like we gave up a lot to get very little in return.
                        That is exactly how I feel about this trade. Bit too much for us to give up on this one.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

                          *double post*
                          Last edited by RamJackson39; -10-20-2009, 01:55 PM. Reason: double post

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                          • #14
                            Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

                            Witherspoon was great 2 years ago, but he was *far* from being our best defensive player this year. He was also probably going to be cut this off-season anyway.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Will Witherspoon traded to Eagles

                              Spags & Billy D have been in the NFL for over 25 years each..
                              they know what they doing...for who some of you guys see as a nobody..they have actually scouted.

                              plenty of good players been drafted in the 5th round also.

                              Spoon hasnt been our best Defensive player this year(nor last season)..in my book he was down to about 6 or 7th on the list of our best Defensive players this year.

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                              • richtree
                                Eagles just release Wil Witherspoon
                                by richtree
                                I guess we made a good deal.

                                We got a pick and B.Gibson and he is a free-agent if we want him back



                                Cheers to Billy D --- now lets do something in free agency !!!!


                                ....trying to be patient.....lol
                                -03-05-2010, 02:01 PM
                              • Nick
                                The Witherspoon-at-MLB experiment has seemingly ended in Philly already
                                by Nick
                                From the Inquirer's Eagles Blog......
                                -11-20-2009, 05:45 AM
                              • Ramblin` Ram
                                Devaney & Spoon speak about the Trade..
                                by Ramblin` Ram
                                from NFL.com

                                The Philadelphia Eagles addressed their need for linebacker depth Tuesday by acquiring Will Witherspoon from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for rookie wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a 2010 fifth-round draft pick.


                                While appearing on "The Fast Lane" on 101 ESPN in St. Louis, Rams executive vice president/player personnel Billy Devaney said the Eagles first called about Witherspoon late last week. However, the sides didn't strike an agreement until about 30 minutes before the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, according to Devaney, because the Rams initially were hesitant to trade Witherspoon and insisted on a player and a draft pick in the deal.

                                "Everything is based on what's best for the St. Louis Rams," Devaney said. "We hate to lose Will Witherspoon -- football player and the person -- he's a credit to any organization, on and off the field. But at the end of the day when we looked at what we were getting in return, we thought, again, this is what's best for the Rams, and we made the decision to go forward."

                                Witherspoon also appeared on the radio show and shared his view of the trade.

                                "It was a surprise, but it's understandable," Witherspoon said. "It's a game, but it's a business, too. It's not just a game of your ideals, it's a game about what's better for the whole. I think that both teams came to an agreement that was beneficial situation for the two of them. For me, it's the (opportunity) to go perform again, at a high level with another team."

                                Witherspoon, an eight-year NFL veteran who spent his first four seasons with the Carolina Panthers, was the Rams' starter on the weakside and has 33 tackles and one forced fumble this season. He has recorded more than 100 tackles in a season three times in his career (2004, 2006, 2007) and has missed just two games because of injury.



                                Gibson, a sixth-round draft pick in April, didn't have a catch this season for the Eagles.

                                The Eagles were seeking linebacker help in light of Omar Gaither's foot injury, which he suffered during Sunday’s 13-9 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Gaither started the first three games of the season in the middle before being replaced by veteran Jeremiah Trotter, who signed with the Eagles during their bye week. However, Trotter has received mixed reviews in two starts since returning to Philadelphia.

                                The Eagles’ original starter, Stewart Bradley, was lost to a season-ending knee injury during the preseason.

                                The Associated Press contributed to this report
                                -10-20-2009, 05:07 PM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Witherspoon "Caught Off-Guard" By Trade; Will Start At MLB In Philly
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                10.20.2009 6:15 pm
                                Witherspoon “caught off-guard” by trade; will start at MLB in Philly
                                By Jim Thomas
                                St. Louis Post-Dispatch


                                Will Witherspoon, bruised tailbone and all, will be the starting middle linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, his new team thanks to Tuesday’s trade-deadline deal that ended his 3 years-plus stay with the St. Louis Rams.

                                “You’re taken a little off guard when you get the call,” Witherspoon said late Tuesday afternoon. ”I know decisions are made. I know we’re kind of in the 25th hour on the trade deadline. So it’s not surprising sometimes things like that happen.”

                                The Rams traded Witherspoon, who was third on the team in tackles this season (with 36) to Philadelphia for wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round draft pick in 2010. As such, Witherspoon will be going from an 0-6 team to a 3-2 Philadelphia squad that’s still considered one of the top teams in the NFL despite last Sunday’s upset loss to Oakland.

                                “It means a lot to go to a team that has the opportunity to be a contender,” Witherspoon said. “That’s the way you have to look at it. . . .Yeah, I know I’m leaving kind of a comfort zone here (in St. Louis) being that I’ve been here for almost the last four years.”

                                Witherspoon suffered what was described as a hip injury on the second play of overtime Sunday against Jacksonville, and was very sore after the game and on Monday as well.

                                “I just hurt my butt cheek,” Witherspoon quipped. “I’ll be all right.”

                                Witherspoon indicated he would be in the lineup Monday when the Eagles play Washington. In St. Louis, Paris Lenon will move into Witherspoon’s starting spot at weakside linebacker, with Larry Grant starting at strongside linebacker this Sunday against Indianapolis.

                                Next week, the Rams also get linebacker David Vobora back from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performancing enhancing drugs.

                                Financially, trading Witherspoon was basically a wash. Philadelphia inherits nearly two-thirds of his 2009 base salary of $2.5 million _ about $1.62 million _ representing the remaining 11 weeks of the regular season. So that goes off the Rams’ books. But the Rams inherit a cap hit of $1.8 million, representing the remaining (2010) proration of Witherspoon’s original $9 million signing bonus. So it’s a net cap loss of about $180,000 for the Rams.

                                Witherspoon has two years remaining on his contract beyond this season, with his base salary bumped to $5 million in 2010 and ‘11. With a $6.8 million scheduled cap count next season had he stayed in St. Louis, there was no guarantee that he would have survived the offseason with the Rams.

                                Coach Steve Spagnuolo’s defense seems to favor bigger, collision-type linebackers, and that’s really not Witherspoon’s style. Moved back to the weakside this season after three seasons...
                                -10-20-2009, 07:34 PM
                              • tomahawk247
                                Looking back at the Witherspoon/Gibson trade
                                by tomahawk247
                                As you know, just before the trade deadline the Rams traded LB Will Witherspoon to the Eagles for a fifth round draft pick in 2010 and rookie WR Brandon Gibson.

                                Witherspoon had played well after joining the Rams prior to the 2006 season, leading the team in tackles in 2006 with 113, and recording 100+ tackles and 7 sacks in 2007. However, his play in 2008 trailed off, with Witherspoon making only 72 tackles and recording just one sack, and one interception. It was thought that this drop off in production was due to niggling groin and shoulder injuries suffered during the year, but it seems that Witherspoon's play was just in decline. During the first 6 weeks of the 2009 year, Witherspoon had recorded just 33 tackles and no "impact plays" (impact plays being sacks, intcerceptions, forced fumbles etc).

                                The Rams realised that Spoon was set to earn $5 million over the two years after the 2009 year, and it seemed obvious that the team intended to cut him to save that money after the season was over. Instead, the linebacker desperate Philadelphia Eagles jumped in with a trade offer, and Witherspoon was shipped to Philly.

                                At first, the trade looked terrible for the Rams. A rookie WR and a fifth round pick for a player perceived to be one of the best on the Rams D did not seem like a good return. What was even worse was that Witherspoon, in his first game for the Eagles against the Washington Redskins, racked up 6 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception which he returned nine yards for a TD. Fans were desperate for Gibson to show something to justify the trade, but in his first appearance for the Rams against Detroit, he failed to make a reception in limited duty.

                                However, after Witherspoon's "wonder" game against Washington, he failed to make the same impact during the rest of the season. In his remaining ten regular season games for the Eagles he made 53 tackles and no impact plays. Even during the playoff game against the Cowboys he made 5 tackles and one assist, with no impact plays. Outside of that game against Washington, Witherspoon's 2009 season was averaging just 5-6 tackles a game and no impact plays. Not the kind of production you would want from a guy on his contract.

                                Gibson, on the other hand, came on strong after the Detroit game and the bye week. His first game for the Rams where he saw significant playing time was against the Saints, he put up 7 receptions for 93 yards. In fact, for the last 8 games of the season, no rookie had more receptions than Gibson. He made 34 catches, the same as ***** WR Michael Crabtree, and the next best rookie was Philadelphia's Jeremy Maclin with 30. Gibson also started 4 games once Keenan Burton went down with an injury.

                                In a move that the Rams would have made should Witherspoon have been in St. Louis, the Eagles released Witherspoon to avoid paying his contract over the next two years....
                                -03-09-2010, 04:42 AM
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