Brian Westbrook is not going anywhere yet obviously. Regardless of his recent health, his stats say he's going to stay. More than that, his contract extension says it.
That being said, there is no way Westbrook can handle the backfield alone. Correll Buckhalter was underused for whatever reason and that 4th round pick traded away for Lorenzo Booker sure could've been used on someone more likely to suit up.
The 30-year-old Buck will be in a different uniform next year. A youth movement is needed at running back this offseason, but with quality so Booker needs to go as well.
1. Derrick Ward(NY Giants)-Good change of pace to go with Westbrook, but he's going to want too much money(especially at his age).
2. Maurice Morris(Seattle Seahawks)-A career #2. Too old at this point for the Eagles.
3. Cedric Benson(Cincinnatti Bengals)-He wants to be #1 and his talent says so. His character says otherwise which is why the Bears cut him. Regardless, Benson will likely resign with the Bengals.
4. Tatum Bell(Denver Broncos)-Too many character flaws. He's lucky not to be suspended at this point.
5. Fred Taylor(Jacksonville Jaguars)-Cut by the Jaguars last week, the 33 yr old Taylor is considered ancient. Still, he'll be pursued heavily come Feb. 27.
1. Chris "Beanie" Wells(Ohio St)- He's going to enter the league like Mike Forte(Bears) and Adrian Peterson(Vikings). With his size(6'1", 235lbs), spead and field vision he's the complete running threat. His only downside is he's not known for receiving which is what the Eagles look for in their backs.
2. Knowshon Moreno(Georgia)-Some consider him better than Wells. Both are considered top-20 prospects. Had 27 receptions in 2008, but scouts don't rave over his receiving skills.
3. LeSean "Shady" McCoy(Pittsburgh)- Same size as McCoy(5'11", 207lbs), but better known for his receiving skills. Projected to be a late 1st round pick.
4. Shon Green(Iowa)- Definitely a between the tackles power back. At 5'11, 235lbs I wouldn't want to have to tackle him head on. His only downfall is his age(24) at a position already considered to be a short lived one. 2nd rnd prospect.
5. Donald Brown(Connecticut)- Regardless of the school being better know for it's #1 basketball team, Brown was very productive in 2008(1800+ yds, 17 TDs). Considered to go in the 2nd round.
Solution: I initially felt the Eagles should go after Wells with their first pick. He would definitely come in and contribute right away. The problem is the Eagles under Reid are going to be a pass first team. I don't see them getting a power back in the 1st round. With his rushing and receiving skills combined, I feel the Eagles should use their #28 pick on LeSean McCoy. He definitely looks like he could be the heir to Westbrook's throne.
I would go after a bigger, power back in the 3rd-4th round and select Rashad Jennings(Liberty), Andre Brown(N.C. State) or Arian Foster(Tennessee). Brandon Jacobs was a 4th rounder. For insurance purposes, look into Deuce McAllister(cut by New Orleans) in early May if he's still available. It wouldn't hurt to go into training camp with this RB depth chart...
1. Brian Westbrook
2. LeSean McCoy
3. Rashad Jennings/Andre Brown/Arian Foster
4. Deuce McAllister