When ESPN’s John Clayton said Brian Westbrook was likely headed to the Rams, we pointed out that Westbrook may see if anything develops in the final set of preseason games before making a decision.
We were thinking that a player might get injured, opening a new door for Westbrook. A surprise retirement did the trick instead.
Westbrook agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the 49ers, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. Westbrook will help fill the backup role vacated by Glen Coffee, the second-year player who officially filed his retirement papers on Monday.
Rookie Anthony Dixon looked good in San Francisco’s preseason opener, but he’s a novice on passing downs. If Westbrook can avoid further concussions — a gigantic if — he can handle third down duties in his sleep.
UPDATE: The team confirmed the news. Westbrook has signed.