Trotter works out for Gruden, Bucs

Posted: August 24, 2007

Jeremiah Trotter worked out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday, and coach Jon Gruden paid tribute to Trotter's leadership abilities.

But the Bucs, in the market for linebacking help after suffering some preseason injuries, use a Cover 2 defense that would not seem to play to Trotter's strengths. There was no word from Tampa last night that Trotter had been signed, and neither Trotter nor his agent, Jimmy Sexton, could be reached for comment by the Daily News.

Gruden, general manager Bruce Allen and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin also worked out former Bucs and Cowboys linebacker Al Singleton.

"We've competed against him for years. He's, no question, a very physical linebacker. I've got a lot of respect for the man himself. He's a team guy," Gruden said of Trotter, before the workout. "And Al Singleton helped us win a Super Bowl championship. Other than that, we're going to keep our thoughts private and move on accordingly."

The Eagles released Trotter, 30, on Tuesday. At the time, he said he hadn't decided whether he wanted to retire.

Trotter also got an endorsement from Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia, who led the Eagles into the playoffs last season.

"That guy is a leader, he's intense; he's a great person in the locker room, much like a Derrick Brooks," Garcia said.

Gruden and Kiffin have professed confidence in their first-year starter, 24-year-old Barrett Ruud, but the team lost sub linebacker Antoine Cash for the season to a knee injury in Saturday's game against Jacksonville. *

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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