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Trotter agrees to terms



Free agent linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, released by the Eagles two weeks ago, has agreed to terms on a contract with the Bucs, according to his agent, Jimmy Sexton.

Trotter is believed to be preparing to sign a one-year deal. What role he will fill for the Bucs is unknown, but initially, he is likely to be the backup to Barrett Ruud at middle linebacker. The Bucs remain thin at the position after the retirement of Shelton Quarles in the offseason and the season-ending knee injury suffered by Antoine Cash in the preseason.

The 30-year-old Trotter, who first worked out for the Bucs on Aug. 23, has been to four Pro Bowls. But word is issues with his knees have made him less of a player these days. But for what the Bucs are looking for -- a stout run stopper in the middle -- Trotter probably still fits the bill.

But Trotter's weakness -- pass coverage -- probably means the Bucs will be limited in when they can use him. Look for Trotter to appear mostly in run situations.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:48pm]


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