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Old 10-20-2009, 05:39 PM   #1330
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Eagles acquire Will Witherspoon from Rams

Posted by Mike Florio on October 20, 2009 4:15 PM ET

Well, there's been at least one deadline deal.

According to Jay Glazer of FOX, the Eagles have acquired linebacker Will Witherspoon from the Rams for receiver Brandon Gibson and a 2010 draft pick.

Witherspoon spent his first four NFL seasons with the Panthers, and he has spent the last three-plus in St. Louis, appearing in every game.

On Monday, Eagles coach Andy Reid hinted at a possible trade, and speculation centered on the linebacker position, given the recent injury to Omar Gaither.

Witherspoon is signed through 2011. His current base salary is $2.5 million. Next year, it doubles to $5 million. In the final year of the deal, it remains at $5 million.

UPDATE: Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it's a fifth-round pick.
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