After the Philadelphia Eagles released veteran running back Brian Westbrook I thought for sure, even with his injury history, teams would be lining up for his services. Well, it appears as if I might have been wrong on that one.
When the Free Agency bells rang I looked at Westbrook as one of the premier names on the block and feared I would read how he had signed with a divisional opponent which as of yet hasn't happened but I didn't think I'd be sitting here this close to the draft and Brian would still be out of a job.
There has been mention of a few teams looking at his services but none of the other 31 teams in the league glanced in his direction with a serious mentality. The team that has shown Westbrook the most interest is the Baltimore Ravens who is now under the reigns of John Harbaugh, a former assistant coach to the late Jim Johnson and the Eagles. Harbaugh has a relatively young core of RB's in his arsenal so he might be looking for the veteran leadership Brian can bring with him.
With the spotlight on the Eagles to find compiment to 2nd year man LeSean McCoy and Westbrook still on the street should the Eagles consider bringing him back to wear midnight green? Would Brian want to come back as a backup to the man who replaced him and at a much less salary? Only two people can answer those questions and they are Reid and Westbrook.
If you look at it like this, the Eagles let Westbrook go to save some money, they looked at Chester Taylor who signed with the Bears then brought in Justin Fargas who doesn't even come close to comparing with Brian Westbrook...even with his concussions. If Brian still wants to play and the Dr's say he's good to go then why not try and work something out with a player who's number you're going to retire one day? Someone who has been the focal point in the offense for the last seven years.
Unless the Eagles plan on looking for a "diamond in the rough" type of young veteran in a trade then I say try to work with Westbrook. Brian and his agent have to realize at this point that he isn't as coveted by teams as they thought he was and even if he is signed by a team he isn't going to be a starter.
The Eagles messed up last year when they allowed Brian Dawkins to find a new home and they are about to mess up again (unless the damage is already done to his ego) if they allow Westbrook to sign elsewhere. Its an uncapped year Reid, make the guy who made you millions and one of the most winning coaches of this decade happy and throw a little extra coin at him. His concussions scare me of course but its only up to him and the Dr's to say whether he can or can't play and if they are giving him the thumbs up than why not...after all, you still need to find a compliment to McCoy!
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