Brian Westbrook is expected to make a decision soon

nfl_westbrook2.jpgVeteran running back Brian Westbrook was cut by the Eagles in February.  It’s now June, and he still doesn’t have a job.

But that could be changing.  According to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, Westbrook is expected to make a decision soon.

Westbrook’s options include the Redskins, Broncos, and Rams.

The delay possibly has arisen from Westbrook’s financial expectations.  Also, teams may be leery about Westbrook’s physical condition.  Some believe his knee is shot, and others fear that his concussion problems from 2009 make him even less desirable.  The fact that his former offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, Brad Childress, had no interest in adding Westbrook even though the team Childress now coaches had a need at the position speaks volumes, in our view.

And even if Westbrook signs a contract in the days after the first unofficial weekend of summer, we’d be surprised if he qualifies for a team’s 53-man roster during the summer’s final unofficial weekend.

He has played well and valiantly, but his body seems to be too battered.  With plenty of young running backs available, it makes little sense to devote a roster spot to a guy who has never been healthy for all 16 games of a given season.

19 responses to “Brian Westbrook is expected to make a decision soon

  1. He probably just wanted to wait until after the June 1st deadline so that it wouldn’t affect compensatory draft picks, and thus more teams would be willing to take a chance with him.

  2. If you can get him cheap, why not? But if he insists on money, his health will cause him to remain unemployed. Love to see him in DC, since we got his QB anyway, and a slew of other battered old RB’s. They can all keep the trainers busy…………

  3. BW is a stand-up guy – good person. But talking football; he’s done. The hesitation in his mind is similar to the hesitation on the field he’ll soon show. Can’t see him NOT being a little timid out there. Running back is a young man’s fresh-legged position. The lesser the hits the better. Not hatin’ on Westbrook the man, just the player he is today…….
    All that said, if he proves me wrong, I’d be elated!!

  4. Florio must be trying to draw hairy legged hippy women to this site as evidenced by all of the (story) recycling he is doing.

  5. MunichEagles says:
    June 1, 2010 8:54 AM
    Comp picks for a player who got cut? Plain stupid.
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    Oh, he was cut? I’m sorry, I don’t follow washed-up players on crap teams too closely. Just assumed his contract ran out. Wouldn’t be stupid, just ill-informed.

  6. Someone threw a paper airplane at him and he got a concussion. Seriously, this is football. You cannot have a walking concussion on your team. How do you manage a roster spot of a part time often injured player? It’s a waste of a spot for any team. You can push allot of injuries but not concussions and the league is watching him closely, if they sniff a a brain injury he will be out. I am Eagles fan I support this message.

  7. Maybe it’s a combination of his concussion problems AND his knee being shot. Very dominant player in his prime, but being held together basically by duct tape @ this point. If he does sign somewhere, hopefully he doesn’t get his bell rung again.

  8. The Vikings should sign him.. he may have 1 knee, be half concussed– but BWest NEVER fumbles when the games on the line.

  9. A player that has his contract not renewed is the same as a player that gets cut in regards to compensatory pick rules. Only if he’s tendered a contract would the Eagles be offered a compensatory pick. Also, considering the fact that compensation is based on the productivity in his last year with the Eagles and the fact that Brian didn’t put up much stats, the compensation would have been minimal (7th round) even if they had tendered a contract. Why even bothering commenting if you know nothing about the NFL?

  10. How is there no update on OJ Atogwe (whose future with the Rams will be decided today), but yet there’s a post on Brian Westbrook, who we’ve only been hearing about for the past 3 months. Awful.

  11. wasn’t this article posted last week with the same heazdline!!!its gotta happen sooner or later, huh???

  12. Fetchez La Vache says:
    June 1, 2010 10:30 AM
    A player that has his contract not renewed is the same as a player that gets cut in regards to compensatory pick rules. Only if he’s tendered a contract would the Eagles be offered a compensatory pick. Also, considering the fact that compensation is based on the productivity in his last year with the Eagles and the fact that Brian didn’t put up much stats, the compensation would have been minimal (7th round) even if they had tendered a contract. Why even bothering commenting if you know nothing about the NFL?
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    First of all, I wasn’t talking about the Eagles getting a compensatory pick. Why would Brian Westbrook wait until after June 1st because the Eagles would get a pick? That doesn’t make any sense. Second of all, I haven’t seen anything ANYWHERE that says that the fact that someone wasn’t offered a contract (making them compensatory eligible for that team) means they won’t reduce compensation for the team signing them. If you have a better source than I do, please post it.

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