The Philadelphia Eagles acquired linebacker Will Witherspoon from the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday, in exchange for wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a 2010 fifth round pick.

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Witherspoon had been playing the weak side linebacker position for the Rams, but he has experience in the middle, which has been a weakness for the Eagles since Stewart Bradley was lost for the season in training camp. Stewart’s replacements, Jeremiah Trotter and Omar Gaither, are fine against the run but have been a liability in coverage.
Gibson was a sixth round pick of the Eagles’ in April. He impressed Philadelphia’s coaching staff in training camp, but was never going to see the field given Philadelphia’s stacked receiving corps. St. Louis has had a major need at receiver, especially since Laurent Robinson was lost for the year with a knee injury.
The Eagles are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 6, but that hasn’t stopped oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction from making them 14/1 to win the 2010 Super Bowl. With the trade for Witherspoon, those odds might improve, although the move might not have much of an impact.

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Posted: 10/20/09 6:42PM ET

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