Less than five months after acquiring him in a trade, the Philadelphia Eagles are set to release linebacker Will Witherspoon.
Reuben Frank of the Burlington County Times reports that the release will become official in the next few days.
The Eagles sent receiver Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round draft pick to the Rams to acquire Witherspoon in October. What they got for that was a big first game in an Eagles uniform (an interception and a sack against the Redskins), but only so-so play after that.
Witherspoon accomplished the rare feat of playing 17 regular-season games in 2009, as he was traded after the Eagles’ bye week but before the Rams’ bye week.
The Eagles’ decision to release Witherspoon is no surprise, as he would have made a $5 million base salary in 2010.