Eagles Copy Chargers: Release Running Back Of The Past

John FlahContributor IFebruary 23, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles is escorted by a trainer as he leaves the field with an injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half on September 21, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
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The Eagles do what many thought they would. Tuesday, Brian Westbrook was released making it the second pro-bowl caliber RB to be released in as many days. I think this is both a good thing and a bad thing.

First of all this clears up what the birds will do at the RB position next year, Lesean McCoy congratulations you're our new starting running back. This should give McCoy some confidence heading into the season that he is our feature back. Also McCoy is just as good as Westbrook. He's got speed mixed in with agility and evasiveness. Overall, there was no doubt in my mind who the Eagles should have always been starting this season, Lesean McCoy, hands down.

Now this leads to an interesting point. Who is the Eagles backup running back? Eldra Buckley? The guys got heart but if Lesean McCoy falls due to injury, we are screwed. If the Eagles kept Westbrook we would have a dependable backup at that position. Now this makes me think the Eagles gotta go out of their way to sign another RB. Possibly a Larry Johnson? Johnson would bring a power back into the situation that the Eagles haven't had in a few years. 

The Eagles and Westbrook both saw this coming, so let's move on. Westbrook was one of the best RBs in Eagles history, but things come to an end eventually. I can only hope B West gets some playing time somewhere else.