Dear Brian Westbrook, the Time Has Come To Leave the Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 27 :  Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs againt Brian Dawkins #20 of the Denver Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field on December 27, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Whether you love him or you hate him, you cannot help but admire what running back Brian Westbrook has accomplished in his storied career with the Philadelphia Eagles. With his speedy legs, strong arms and ability like no other to move the pile to score a touchdown, sadly Westbrook's best days have come about as close as they can to an end in Philadelphia.

Much like Brett Favre, Westbrook is having trouble deciding whether or not he should return to the game he loves so dearly or whether he should walk away on top and leave his legacy in green and white.  Either way you look at it, things don't seem too positive for Brian Westbrook.

The trouble is, the league is no longer interested in veteran running backs.  Unless your name is Frank Gore or Adrian Peterson, teams aren't willing to fork out the massive salaries to acquire once big-name guys and unfortunately for Brian, he fits into that category.

Still though, for those optimistic fans out there that think Westbrook has just enough juice left in the tank to throw in another good two or three season, I'll reward you with my take on where the star running back could land himself should he decide to leave the Philadelphia Eagles.

When I look at teams that are lacking a run game, the first team that comes to mind is the Seattle Seahawks. Some fans may argue with me here, but I honestly think I am being reasonable when I say that Julius Jones has seen his hay day and is no longer the powerhouse running back he once was with the Dallas Cowboys.

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While perhaps he is not a perfect fit for the Seattle structure, Westbrook may add a new-found explosiveness that the Seahawks have been lacking since Super Bowl XL. 

When watching tape of the Seattle vs. Green Bay game in the late stages of the 2009 season, I noticed that Seahwawks QB Matt Hasselbeck constantly felt the full force of pressure and as a result, made several mistakes. Westbrook may be the right guy to help relieve that pressure, as he is both a solid blocking back and receiver coming out of the backfield.

However and whichever way you look at it, in the long-run, it is Westbrook's decision.  I can sit here and speculate and so can the media, but in reality Brian has three choices.  He can either retire, sign with the Eagles or find another team.  He still may have the talent, but at this stage of his career the Eagles aren't in need of Westbrook anymore.

It will be sad to see the former star go and it will be even sadder to see the former star fade away on a team that is not willing to use him to his full ability.  Sit back and relax though, as this story is not over just yet.


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