Brian Westbrook: Where He Could Call Home

Ryne EberleContributor IIMay 27, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 27:  Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Denver Broncos on December 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Broncos 30-27.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Even though free agents may not be a big priority right now after the roster-filling NFL Draft, there are still established players out there could step in and help a team.

Brian Westbrook is one of those players.

Although his past few seasons have been with injuries, a versatile play-making ability and a desire to play is enough to keep him going.

Westbrook's versatility has made him a target of the Redskins, the Rams and the Broncos, and each team would provide a different role for the back.

Washington has been the most recent team to comment on Westbrook, and it may also provide the best opportunity.

Although it is arguable that Westbrook would just be adding to the aging Redskin running back committee of Clinton Portis, Willie Parker and Larry Johnson, Westbrook breaks apart from the group thanks to his abilities as a receiver out of the backfield.

There would also be the McNabb-Westbrook reunion, which would create not only chemistry but also points on the board, which fans surely wouldn't mind.

While the Redskins lack a solid starting back, the fact that St. Louis already has Steven Jackson running the show doesn't lessen the impact Westbrook could have there.

Given the Rams' dismal production over the past few years, any player that has the versatility of Westbrook (when healthy) could give the offense a much needed shot in the arm.

Plus, Westbrook could come in and give Jackson a breather and create a one-two punch that has been a trend in the league.

Those circumstances make Westbrook's role in St. Louis is pretty clear, and his duties may be predetermined in Denver also.

Last year, Knowshon Moreno had a respectable average of 3.8 yards per carry and he still shared some carries with Correll Buckhalter, a former Eagle.

With two backs already in their system, the Broncos could use Westbrook as a number three back to complement Moreno and Buckhalter.

Even if Westbrook doesn't deliver, the Redskins and the Rams don't have much to lose by signing him and the past two off-seasons have proved that Denver coach Josh McDaniels isn't afraid to take a risk.