Down, But Far From Out: Several Teams Still Interested In Brian Westbrook

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 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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Free agency is always an exciting time in sports.  With the NBA set for a very big offseason with the Lebron James saga still heating up, it appears that the NFL will deliver it's fair share of blockbuster signings in the coming months.

For the most part, the NFL's free agency period hasn't disappointed.  So far we have seen many big name players signed to new homes, and when we were just coming down from the high of imagining Donovan McNabb away from Philadelphia, it appears that another Eagles veteran may be lacing up for a new team in the very near future.

When considering  Brian Westbrook, the term underrated pops up.  Nowadays, fans seem to have formed the opinion that Brian Westbrook is well and truly a "burnt out" type of running back, and although he has provided us all with great moments throughout his career, now he appears to be labeled as a mere footnote in NFL history.

However, before we can go ahead and write Brian Westbrook into the books, it appears that he himself isn't ready to hang it all up just yet.

In recent weeks, Brian Westbrook's speculation has spread like a wild fire.  He's gone from being a shoe in to retire, to quite possibly one of the most intriguing unsigned free agents of the 2010 offseason.

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Teams such as Washington, Denver and St. Louis appeared to be on the cards for Westbrook, but we are yet to reach a final conclusion on this matter.

I guess right now, there is no need to panic for Brian Westbrook.  After all, Terrell Owens himself has struggled to find a new home so far, and perhaps Marc Bulger's latest signing with the Baltimore Ravens will set the pace for these two homeless men.

So where is Brian Westbrook heading?

Well according to's Steve Wyche, it is still a massive mystery.  Of course, with this said, there are still several teams that appear likely to take on ole' number 36, and give this old dog a second chance.

The first team that could quite possibly be on the cards is of course Denver.  Although there is no real need for a running back right now in Mile High, having some veteran experience like Brian Westbrook in the side could definitely stabilize this potentially disastrous offense this season.

The other key point of a Denver and Brian Westbrook signing is the pressure that it takes off Kyle Orton.  Having a steady runner in Brian Westbrook would not only stablize the offense, it would also allow Kyle Orton to calm down a little if things became ugly behind center.

Aside from Denver, the other option is of course St. Louis.  Sam Bradford is a young rookie starter, and as promising as he does look right now, every young player could benefit from a presence such as Brian Westbrook.

The issue with this though is Steven Jackson.  Realistically, Brian Westbrook wouldn't see too many hand offs in the regular season, and if I know Brian Westbrook, this probably wouldn't sit all too well.

The third and final consideration, is Washington.  I for one thing it would be extremely cool to see both Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook reunite in burgundy and yellow, and quite frankly, this duo has always been explosive in the past.

Personally, I see a potential Washington signing making the most sense.  Brian Westbrook knows the NFC East, and also knows Donovan McNabb on a friendly basis.  The question of performance would still arise, but having Donovan to vouch for Brian would surely be beneficial.

Right now, Steve Wyche is 100% right, Brian Westbrook's case is still a mystery.  However, let's hope this mystery can be solved quickly, and we don't have to call in  Scooby Doo and the gang to solve it for us.

If one thing is for sure, Brian Westbrook still has some gas in the tank.  Sure he was injured last season, but what's to say that this factor alone will stop him?

Exactly, nothing.  Therefore, cut Brian Westbrook some slack, he's put an immense amount of effort into this league, and we should all reward his contributions with a little loyalty and respect.

If Brian does take a while to sign somewhere, that is fine.  With this in mind, it would be a crying shame to see Westbrook fade away into the free agency pool without even so much as a whisper.

Washington, Denver or St. Louis?  We'll wait and see.  Some other potential candidates may arise just yet.

Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report . He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters . Don't forget to follow him on Twitter .