Eagles Sign Running back: CFL Rookie Of The Year

Phil AndrewsCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2010

Given the uncertain future of Eagles running back Brian Westbrook, the team today announced they have signed, Canadian Football league rookie of the year Martell Mallett of the BC Lions


This past season, the 6-0, 210 pound Mallett rushed for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns on 214 carries (5.8 avg). He also hauled in 43 receptions for 342 yards and two touchdowns and was named to the West Division All-Star team and also earned the 2009 CFL Most Outstanding Rookie award. 


The 23-year-old Mallett played collegiate football at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, where he rushed for 2,896 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. The Pine Bluff, Arkansas native earned first-team all-SWAC honors as a senior in 2008. 


This signing is in no way an indication that Philadelphia won’t keep Westbrook around, but with a $7 million price tag due in 2010, we may have seen the last of B-West in midnight green and silver. 


With Rookie LeSean McCoy signed for the next several years and possible resigning of pro-bowl bound fullback Leonard Weaver, The Eagles could have a very nice stable of running backs next season.


Now all the fans in Philly have to do is get head coach Andy Reid to run the ball a little more. 


NOTE : Meanwhile in Pittsburgh today, the Steelers signed CFL linebacker Derrick Doggett, to their roster. Doggett, one of the top special team’s players in the Canadian Football League, played for the Edmonton Eskimos in 2008 and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last season, when he made 27 tackles on special teams. He also had one interception.