After the Philadelphia Eagles released veteran Running Back Brian Westbrook, there were split opinions as to how long he would remain available. There were a few teams that said to be interested in Westbrook, mainly former Eagles coordinator John Harbaugh...go figure.
In order for Westbrook to sign anywhere he must show each and every team that he is capable of playing at a high level. Most teams will look at Westbrook with caution after his series of concussions in 2009 but Westbrook could still do many things for many teams!
Included in this slide show I will list five teams I feel that could greatly benefit from a player like Westbrook. This is all just in my opinion and some may have other teams you would've selected but I can almost promise we'll agree on two or three. Let the fun begin!
Westbrook would once again become a feared player if he were to sign with the Vikings. They could designate multiple "double back" plays having both Adrian Peterson and Westbrook on the field at the same time. Both players are dominant players, both can run/catch/block and having him would strike fear in the opposing D's eyes.
I have to also include this. If a trade were to happen for QB Donovan McNabb with the Vikings, Donovan would most likely push for the signing of Westbrook!
The New England Patriots need help. They've gone from potentially becoming only one in a few teams to become a dynasty in the NFL to having all sorts of issues on the field. Tom Brady needs a true threat in the backfield and I believe Westbrook thinks he can still provide the same level of threat he brought for the Eagles for so many years.
The Patriots have a bunch of needs on their roster and they could probably sign Westbrook to a much lower contract at this point in time in Free Agency as could any team. Also signing with the Patriots Westbrook would be going to another "winning" team, something Westbrook has become accustomed to ever since being drafted by the Eagles.
Baltimore Ravens Coach John Harbaugh has seen first hand the kind of destruction Brian Westbrook can bring to the table. Having close ties to the Eagles could Harbaugh be looking to bring in some veteran experience at the Halfback position.
The Ravens made a trade with the Arizona Cardinals to acquire the rights to WR Anquan Boldin but either have so far decided to stear clear of the available Free Agent Half Backs. Asof right now the Ravens have three RB's for a combined total of five years experience.
Harbaugh has commented on the availability of Westbrook and said he "would love to have him on the team, we'll just have to see how it goes." Westbrook could provide another catching threat to go along with Anquan Boldin! If Westbrook does sign somewhere, I believe this is where he will end up!
Former Eagles GM Tom Heckert is now the GM of the Cleveland Browns with a very similar role he had here in Philly.
Heckert obviously has close ties to the Eagles and is another one who knows exactly what Westbrook is capable of. The Browns have a VERY young backfield at this point and could absolutely benefit from having Westbrook there.
Heckert is also fully aware of the injuries Brian has endured over his career in the NFL so would he take a chance on him at this point or see if he is able to have one of the younger backs he already has mature?
I know I know...the Eagles? Hear me out. When the Eagles was released by the Eagles, Westbrook and his agent thought he'd be working again in no time flat. Unfortunately that isn't the case. Westbrook is still available to sign with any team but teams are shying away because of his concussions in 2009.
The Eagles are still looking for LeSean McCoy's backup/compliment and I can't see one of the better draftee's being there when the Eagles do decide to take a RB and Brian is still looking for work.
If Westbrook's ego would allow him to be a backup at this point in his career I think the two sides could work something out but Westbrook still believes he can be a productive starter and that's where the two parties have agreed to disagree. As soon as Westbrook realizes he isn't going to be a starter because of his health concerns could we possibly see him back?