Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp: Westbrook and Team Don't Agree On New Deal
Training camp was a busy place today featuring numerous one-handed, diving catches, several scuffles between players, and one jaw-dropping touchdown run by a running back not in a contract dispute.
Lorenzo Booker looked like the USC version of Reggie Bush as he seemingly beat all 11 defenders on the field for a 60-yard touchdown run. Brian Westbrook says the run impressed him and likes what Booker brings to the team.
"From everything I've seen, he's a top tier guy. He had a long one today, made 11 guys miss and scored a touchdown. He's a talented guy and as a teammate I want the 11 best guys on the field and I'm happy to have him as a teammate.”
After practice, linebacker Stewart Bradley said Booker made the defense look like a bunch of idiots.
Booker wasn't the only player to stand out Monday morning. Wide receivers Bam Childress, Greg Lewis, Jason Avant, and Julio Jones all came down with one-handed leaping catches that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
The offense didn't have all the fun today. Stewart Bradley describes his hit of the hit day on running back Tony Hunt.
"I was all the way on the backside and I thought he was to be down, but lucky for me [the quarterback] still threw it."
Bradley's hit was part of a physical day that featured three fights between the offense and the defense. The first broke out between receiver Mike Gasperson and safety Quentin Mikell.
Wide receiver Hank Baskett said on the field, "We all saw that coming."
Later, Sean Considine fired back at lineman Winston Justice who put a late block on a linebacker. Justice was also the center of the final scrum. He says the fights were just a blip on the radar screen.
"I forgot about it already. It was just the heat of the moment. Next practice it wouldn't happen. You just needed to get that first fight out of the way."
Veteran wide receiver Reggie Brown says he won't be fighting anyone anytime soon.
"They can fight all they want, it takes too much energy."
After all the action died down, Brian Westbrook addressed the media. He talked about his contract situation and the Pro Bowler says he's positive about working the problems out.
"I'm optimistic. If I wasn't, I wouldn't have come. I'm optimistic that things will get worked out. Hopefully they will."
Working the contract issues out may be tough after how the tailback says he wants to be compensated.
"I wanted to be compensated like I'm one of the best players, running backs in the NFL."
Westbrook says both sides have tried multiple strategies to resolve the problem, but nothing has worked yet.
"It's been a lot of talk about a lot of different ways between Joe [Banner] and my agent, there's a lot of different scenarios that they have to go through to get it done, but to get it to a place where the numbers work and they haven't done that yet."
If the Eagles cannot come up with comfortable numbers, Brian Westbrook says he hasn't decided yet whether he'll play the preseason schedule or just sit those games out.
Jameson Fleming is an intern at ESPN Radio 1230 and 1320 and will be at Training Camp every day filing radio reports and publishing his transcripts on Bleacher Report.
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