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Brian Westbrook is headed to San Francisco

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.

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41 Responses to “Brian Westbrook is headed to San Francisco”
  1. servegmo says: Aug 16, 2010 6:24 PM

    wow… this team is FULL of weapons!!!! nfc west watch out!!!

  2. Sinister79 says: Aug 16, 2010 6:29 PM

    Good Signing.
    Best of luck to Westbrook.

  3. OJ SIMPSON says: Aug 16, 2010 6:31 PM

    Thats what concussion will do to you. As long as Alex Smith is QB, the 49ers are stuck in Nuetral.
    They Should sign Jamracus so they’ll have a tri-fecta of 1st round, 1st overall BUSTS

  4. raiderrob21 says: Aug 16, 2010 6:31 PM

    They will still be short a RB once he gets hit. Hes a concussion away from being done. Hope it was for the minimum, he wont be around long

  5. thehoodedone says: Aug 16, 2010 6:31 PM

    Headline should read ” Clayton makes up more “news”.”

  6. mad555 says: Aug 16, 2010 6:33 PM

    Week 4 the eagles play mcnabb and the racistskins. and then week 5 the eagles play Westbrook and the 69flamers.

  7. Jack Acid says: Aug 16, 2010 6:33 PM

    Hopefully being 2nd string will help mitigate injury risk for Westy. Dixon can carry the load if he goes down.
    Hell, Dixon might even be taking Frank’s job in a couple years.

  8. Mrsteve says: Aug 16, 2010 6:33 PM

    If he doesn’t suffer a concussion this is a great pickup for the 9ers

  9. slowfame says: Aug 16, 2010 6:33 PM

    Nice!

  10. LL Live says: Aug 16, 2010 6:34 PM

    Westbrook goes to SF for a cup of coffee

  11. eaglesnoles05 says: Aug 16, 2010 6:34 PM

    Brain Westbrook rules, when he plays. No doubt.

  12. HarrisonHits says: Aug 16, 2010 6:37 PM

    I think its a shame Westbrook isn’t hanging it up. Another bad concussion and he’ll have trouble remembering his own name or what he had for breakfast. So much for the league having an increased emphasis on the effects of concussions.
    He should take the millions he’s already made and enjoy life, not destroy what’s left of his brain.

  13. Henchman #24 says: Aug 16, 2010 6:38 PM

    Sweeeeeeeeet. Maybe they’ll use him on KR/PR duties? They can certainly use the help.

  14. StevieMo says: Aug 16, 2010 6:38 PM

    49ers 8-8 if everything goes right.

  15. bomismorg says: Aug 16, 2010 6:39 PM

    washedup westbrook. bad knees and a bad head. one hit and he’ll be out again. eagles tried to be nice and persuade him gracefully to retire instead he pulled a favre.

  16. JaggedMark says: Aug 16, 2010 6:43 PM

    Westbrook a weapon?
    I guess a butter knife is also a weapon, if you choose to look at it that way.

  17. Marvin49 says: Aug 16, 2010 6:43 PM

    WOW.
    Nice.
    Gore, Westbrook and Dixon…..SF has its own version of Earth, Wind and Fire.

  18. Wet Paper Bag says: Aug 16, 2010 6:45 PM

    Makes sense. He was in talks with the Rams, but now that SF is short an RB because of Coffee quitting, he’s heading west. SF is closer to bigger things than the Rams are.

  19. OJ SIMPSON says: Aug 16, 2010 6:46 PM

    “this team is FULL of weapons!!!! ”
    You mean “Fool” of weapons surely. After Frank Gore’s annual ankle sprain, Alex Smith’s Annual benching, and Singletary doing his best to pretend he’s a legit head coach, the Seahawks will be eliminated from the post season

  20. In & Out Burger says: Aug 16, 2010 6:46 PM

    This is a huge move. At first I was totally against it, but that was only looking at it from an on the field point of view. The Niners don’t have any offensive veterans of substance. You look at the last few Super Bowl teams, they all have a solid veteran skill player. Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Hines Ward, Kurt Warner, even all the way back to Jerome Bettis. A veteran skill guy like Westbrook can really help this team with the little things. I don’t think he will help much in the offense its self though.

  21. lakedog19352 says: Aug 16, 2010 6:47 PM

    The QB still stinks….luckily the division stinks worse.

  22. azredbird4 says: Aug 16, 2010 6:47 PM

    if not before …he can expect a concussion the monday after thanksgiving.

  23. NinerDynasty says: Aug 16, 2010 6:49 PM

    I think even though b.w. might not last all season, i think all the niners want to do is buy some time for dixon to be ready to be a every down back. Is a good pick and if westbook stays healthy and gets his speed back its a greatttt pick for the niners.

  24. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Aug 16, 2010 6:50 PM

    mad555 says:
    August 16, 2010 6:33 PM
    Week 4 the eagles play mcnabb and the racistskins. and then week 5 the eagles play Westbrook and the 69flamers.
    __________________________________
    did you make this joke up all on your own? your mom must be so proud when she talks about you to her friends.

  25. Fonetik says: Aug 16, 2010 6:54 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I’m happy he got what he wanted. I’ve been a big fan of his over the years, and my kids both have his jersey. I wish he would have just retired, though. A couple more head blows and the guy’s not gonna be able to remember his own name.
    At least he’ll be playing on real grass most of the season, turf would have shredded his already bad knee.

  26. Bigbluefan says: Aug 16, 2010 6:55 PM

    Good Luck

  27. BIG JB says: Aug 16, 2010 6:56 PM

    I WISH HIM LUCK.

  28. DJSlyBri says: Aug 16, 2010 6:58 PM

    Except for October 10th, I hope he has a great year. We will always love Westbrook.

  29. Marc F says: Aug 16, 2010 7:06 PM

    Westbrook will always be an Eagle first.
    having said that, I would have like to see him retire.
    but i guess if he’s not, i’m just glad he didn’t go the Rams.or the skins, the 49ers seem like a safer place for him..

  30. PhD says: Aug 16, 2010 7:29 PM

    # BigMikeSkinsFan says: August 16, 2010 6:50 PM
    mad555 says:
    August 16, 2010 6:33 PM
    Week 4 the eagles play mcnabb and the racistskins. and then week 5 the eagles play Westbrook and the 69flamers.
    ____________________ ______________
    did you make this joke up all on your own? your mom must be so proud when she talks about you to her friends.
    _____________________________________
    was there a joke in there someplace?

  31. TryTheVeal says: Aug 16, 2010 7:30 PM

    I will always root for B-West, i hope he doesn’t take another blow to the head and suffers any permanent damage. For a 3rd round pick from a division I-AA school, to an NFL all pro, he certainly made a name for himself. And he was electrifying….

  32. Eaglesfan290 says: Aug 16, 2010 7:34 PM

    I love Westbrook but a one year 1.25 mil contract when your knees are bad, you have bad ankles, multiple concussions, and well over 30.
    I don’t know I respect him as a player he was great for the Eagles he played with class and style. I really hope he doesn’t get seriously hurt this year!
    I would have preferred to see him retire and go on to the next chapter in his life, the guy is actually very smart has an advanced degree and probably can make more doing other things.
    Best of luck

  33. Tinbender says: Aug 16, 2010 7:39 PM

    @OJ Simpson— The Seahawks?

  34. Kay Bee says: Aug 16, 2010 7:52 PM

    Good luck to Westbrook (just not in week 2 against the Saints lol).

  35. bigtrav425 says: Aug 16, 2010 7:59 PM

    Great signing! and good luck Westbrook

  36. Sactown49er says: Aug 16, 2010 8:01 PM

    OJ SIMPSON says:
    August 16, 2010 6:46 PM
    “this team is FULL of weapons!!!! ”
    You mean “Fool” of weapons surely. After Frank Gore’s annual ankle sprain, Alex Smith’s Annual benching, and Singletary doing his best to pretend he’s a legit head coach, the Seahawks will be eliminated from the post season
    HUH??!? What do the Seagals have to do with anything?!?

  37. Route36West says: Aug 16, 2010 9:37 PM

    Route36West says:
    August 14, 2010 3:50 PM
    I know the 49ers werent interested in Brian Westbrook a week ago but I wonder if this changes things. Frank Gore is getting old and Alex Smith isnt going to set the world on fire at qb. They are going to depend heavly on the run and if Gore starts to show signs of aging or gets injured this team is really going to struggle to move the chains.
    Yes Westbrook is old too but they wouldnt need him to start a full season. All he would need to do is take 5-10 snaps a game and be an insurance policy for Gore. I dont see a better optition for the 49ers right now.
    ——————————————————-
    Called it
    Check the Date

  38. Blackn'Gold says: Aug 16, 2010 9:41 PM

    It’s a better choice for Westbrook. If he still has anything in the tank, he has just upgraded the 49ers backfield. He’ll have to be used sparingly to keep him fresh through the season. Still he could be used late in a game to get a score that could decide the outcome of a game. Good Luck to Brian Westbrook!
    GO STEELERS!

  39. Route36West says: Aug 16, 2010 9:43 PM

    Any Eagles fans that say Westbrook is done are idiots he played great when he wasnt hurt last year and for the concussions he only had 2 that I can remember and I think him being held out had more to do with congress then his ability to recover or play. Before congress got involved there were 100’s of players who had more concussions then Westbrook and have lived normal lives since.
    Great signing by the 49ers he will be a top 5 number 2 running back this year and is better right now the a 1/3 of the starters in this league.

  40. jonesy1124 says: Aug 16, 2010 11:13 PM

    Good signing. I think @ the end of the yr they might be kicking themselves for not grabbing another former Eagle that plays QB. Alex Smith sucks and with that dee, and the other weapons Donovan could have gotten them far into the playoffs. Alex Smith not so much

  41. Mezter says: Aug 17, 2010 10:42 AM

    This is a great signing. Let’s go Niners! Shut up all of these haters! Red and Gold for life!

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