Harbaugh says Ravens don't want Westbrook

The dot-connecting process that unfolds whenever a high-profile player hits the open market caused many league observers to ponder two possible destinations for former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook:  Minnesota, where former Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress runs the show, and Baltimore, where former Eagles defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator is the boss.

The Vikings previously have said that they aren’t interested.  Harbaugh now says that the Ravens aren’t, either.

Per Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News, Harbaugh explained his position on Tuesday at the AFC coaches’ breakfast.  “I think Brian will definitely end up somewhere, I’m sure,” Harbaugh said.  “He’s too good.  And he’s too good a guy.  We’d be interested in Brian, but with our
running back situation, we’re so strong there. But believe me, my first
thought [when he was released by the Eagles] was, was there any way we can bring him in here to be on our team?  But
he just doesn’t fit us right now.”

It’s possible that Harbaugh is simply being polite.  If he believed that Westbrook would be an upgrade over, say, Willis McGahee, McGahee would be gone in a second and Westbrook would have a job.

But a real question remains regarding whether his knee and/or his brain will cooperate with the demands of football.  If anyone believed that Westbrook’s body would cooperate, he’d have a job by now.

23 responses to “Harbaugh says Ravens don't want Westbrook

  1. Come back to the Eagles! FO is stupid for not even talking to him about restructuring his contract! I saw McCoy go to him on the sidelines countless times and then on the next time McCoy ran it would be a fundamentally better run than what he previously did! Clearly McCoy believes Westy is the best guy to teach him… they still work out together sometimes!

  2. @ Eagles4life…
    Did you watch ANY Eagles game this year?? How many of them did Westbrook play??.. Exactly.. the dude simply cant and shouldnt play football anymore with the injuries and especially the concussions.. Eagles fans complain about McNabb but i mean Westbrook has played how many 16 game seasons in his career here? and you want to rely on him for another season when we could have a HEALTHY back instead?? some of you people just dont think AT ALL…

  3. Wow, REALLY? I thought for sure the Ravens would be looking to upgrade their running game!
    Even if Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnons became available… the Ravens would have no use for them.
    McGahee, Rice, and McClain are perfect for their system.
    Besides, the Ravens don’t run the ball enough anyway. They are going to force Flacco to win games for them just like they’ve tried to do that last 2 and a half years. Even though their run game is dominant, they refuse to stick with it. It’s hilarious and sad at the same time.

  4. Mcgahee looked good last year. Westbrook looked done. See the difference, so to make a statement that Westbrook is better than Mcgahee, thats foolish.

  5. You are dead wrong about McGahee. Willis worked his tail off this last off season and had a great year for the Ravens and Harbaugh raved about Willis’ great work ethic.
    Willis was used in most goal line situations and was the leading touch down scorer. The Ravens do not want Willis going anywhere.
    Westbrook is injury prone and now has a concussion issue. He needs to retire.

  6. face it, no one wants to be the team to pick him up with his dole problems and then he goes brain dead because of a wicked hit. wish they`d just say it.

  7. Westbrook is a baller.
    Yeah, Westy’s dome got dinged up and he’s been nicked up a bit here and there — but he can make things happen on the ground and in the aerial game.
    I hope Pittsburgh is listening – the belief here is that Westy has something left in the tank.

  8. Wow habib that statement u just made is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life. The ravens don’t run the ball enough yet they’ve been in the top 5 the past 2 years in rushing, but according to u they make flacco try to force it and don’t stick with it long enough?!?! Seeing as how I’m a season ticket holder and have beeen to every ravens game home or away the past 5 years I think I’m qualified to say that your a moron and have no clue what your talking about

  9. I don’t want Westbrook anywhere near Pittsburgh…that would be way too good of a fit.
    He would really create problems for any D.
    I hope he’s just ok in the head no matter what.

  10. If Westbrook’s knee holds up and he can avoid any further concussions, he could be a steal for some team. But realistically, what are the chances that he can avoid injury for an entire 16 game season? That said, I still think he’ll end up somewhere on a low risk, high incentive contract.
    Someone will take a chance on him and hope he can stay healthy and he’s still got something left in the tank.

  11. @akshun
    lol that sounds like why mcnabb needs to go……i would rather go with the ACCURATE qb rather than the old injury prone one we have….not to mention it would be nice to see a qb back there thats not tryin to play and joke every time the team gets up 2 touchdowns

  12. Westbrook doesn’t have a long enough rap sheet to even be considered for their roster. Maybe RayRay or Donte can help him with that.

  13. When did the Vikings say they “were not interested in Westbrook”?
    That’s a new one on me.
    I thought the going logic was he may not want to play on Turf if he can find a full time job on grass.
    After the draft clears up Westbrook may decide his best set-up is as a 3rd down back in Minnesota where he doesn’t have to play so many downs.
    And the part time Job in Minnesotta comes with a bonus – Superbowl Ring!

  14. Westbrook was a BEAST for a long time. Unfortunately at that position when you are done you are DONE.

  15. Cameltoecleavage says:
    March 23, 2010 10:11 PM
    Wow habib that statement u just made is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life. The ravens don’t run the ball enough yet they’ve been in the top 5 the past 2 years in rushing, but according to u they make flacco try to force it and don’t stick with it long enough?!?! Seeing as how I’m a season ticket holder and have beeen to every ravens game home or away the past 5 years I think I’m qualified to say that your a moron and have no clue what your talking about
    __________
    You have got to love it when a poster calls someone else a “moron”, yet in that same accustory statement, the accuser makes a grade-school grammatical mistake like using “your” instead of “you’re”. Thanks for the laugh…LMFAO!!!!

  16. If the Purple&Black are good enough for the NFL front office, I could care less if they’re all wearing orange jump suits and popping out a few license plates @ halftime on the 50 yd line. It takes more than pads & sweat every Sunday to be victorious, you have to be a Bad-Ass and the RAVENS are the Baddest, nuff said! Now go cry to your Mommy and watch a real team kick ass.

  17. Brian is a highly undervalued commodity that most franchises will pay closer attention to once discussions regarding the drafts have been concluded.

  18. I’d love to see him in LeHigh, as a coach of RB’s, walking without a limp and having no headaches

  19. First and foremost….
    Brian Wesbrook is a class act and a competitor…
    Footbal is a game…but it’s a game that can leave you banged up for life. No one can decide the risk except Mr. Westbrook.
    Harbs is right…he doesn’t fit what we’ve got going in Charm city…Mcgahee, Rice & Mcclain…we’re good.
    and ratbirds….
    You’re a turd herder…an insignificant stain on a dingy pair of underwear…be gone, fool

  20. westbrook wasn’t even that good of a back. he played 7 years with philly and has about 10,000 total yards, but in 06 and 07 he had 2000 yard years. that means in his 5 other seasons he averaged 1200 TOTAL yards. thats not all that great. hell 1200 rush yards is only an ok season these days

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