NOVACARE COMPLEX - The Eagles front office continued their active ways this offseason, completing their second trade of the 2013 free agency period, as they acquired defensive end Clifton Geathers (pronounced gathers) from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for fullback Stanley Havili.
Originally a sixth round selection of Cleveland in 2010, Geathers (6-7, 325) has spent time with the Browns, Dolphins, Seahawks, Cowboys and Colts in his three-year career, appearing in 15 total games. He played in eight games for Indianapolis in 2012, recording five tackles and a sack.
Geathers starred collegiately at South Carolina, where he played in 36 career games and finished with 72 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles. He enrolled at South Carolina in January 2007 after spending the fall at Hargrove Military Academy in Chatham, VA. The Georgetown, SC, native attended Carvers Bay High School.
The 25-year-old Geathers comes from a football family as his brother, Robert, has played nine years as a defensive end with the Bengals after being drafted in the fourth round by Cincinnati in 2004. His father, Robert, Sr., also a defensive lineman, was a third round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1981. In addition, his uncle, James "Jumpy" Geathers, enjoyed a 13-year NFL career, won two Super Bowls, and recorded 66 career sacks with the Saints (1984-89), Redskins (1990-93), Falcons (1994-95) and Broncos (1996).