- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 20, 2002

The Washington Redskins made their biggest offseason move on the eve of the NFL Draft yesterday, signing Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter yesterday to a seven-year, $35.5million deal.
A $7million bonus sealed the deal for Trotter, 25, after he also had considered Houston and Green Bay. NFL sources said the contract is heavily backloaded in the final two years and is essentially a five-year, $18million deal. Trotter's first-year salary cap number is expected to be about $1.6million.
"It's like getting a first-round draft pick without giving up anything," Redskins coach Steve Spurrier said.
The long-expected deal followed five days of talks that opened with Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Trotter dining Sunday. While several teams discussed modest proposals, Washington was the only serious bidder following Trotter's release as Philadelphia's franchise player. An acrimonious parting with the Eagles and a chance to play the NFC East rival twice annually weighed into Trotter's decision. Washington plays Philadelphia on "Monday Night Football" on Sept.16.
Trotter replaces Kevin Mitchell as the middle linebacker. The Redskins now start three Pro Bowl players in LaVar Arrington, Jessie Armstead and Trotter, who made it the past two seasons. Trotter was voted the Eagles' most valuable defensive player by teammates last year.

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