Tag:Brian Westbrook
Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:43 am

Buffalo, San Fran interested in Westbrook too?

Posted by Will Brinson

Brian Westbrook's been quite cautious with his free agency this offseason, which is rather rare for an aging running back with concussion issues. Theoretically, he'd like to jump on the first team that could offer him a good contract and some playing time, before the rest of the 2002 Pro Bowlers (Larry Johnson, Willie Parker) filled those spots.

Turns out, his patience was a smart move: yesterday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan mentioned Washington's renewed interest in the back , and now it appears that the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers would also be interested in inking the former Eagle.

That's via Chris Russell of the Reskins Radio Network , who says he talked to Westbrook's brother Byron at Redskins practice on Monday.

According to Byron, his brother has "some new possible opportunity's [sic] in SF and Buff as well as" St. Louis.

Buffalo and San Francisco adding themselves to the mix makes perfect sense: Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch could both miss extended time into the season , while San Fran just lost Glen Coffee to a very early retirement .

And of course, St. Louis would love to have Westbrook in order to compliment Steven Jackson.

So, now that it's clear that his patience has paid off, what should Westbrook do. Personally, I think the Niners provide the best possible fit for Westbrook.

They're a contending team (in a particularly weak division) with less personnel in the backfield -- Frank Gore and new-found bruiser Anthony Dixon are the only competition for carries out by the bay.

In Washington, Westbrook's talents would certainly be utilized and he would get to play with his old buddy Donovan McNabb, but as mentioned, their depth chart is pretty full with LJ, Parker, Clinton Portis, et al. That's not to say Westbrook couldn't be better than those guys or that those guys couldn't be cut, but the path to touches is much more difficult there.

St. Louis would provide touches and good money, but the odds of winning a Super Bowl there this year are roughly 200:1 (at least according to Sportsbook ... and that's being generous, really). The same thing applies for Buffalo, with the caveat that when Jackson and Lynch return, Westbrook could see his carries drop again.

Like every decision for veterans, it may come down to how much Westbrook values winning versus playing time versus money. San Francisco just seems to offer the best combination of the three.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 6:25 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 8:19 pm

Redskins still interested in signing Westbrook

Posted by Will Brinson

On Saturday afternoon, it seemed all but guaranteed that Brian Westbrook would be a member of the St. Louis Rams. However, the Rams refuted the reported Westbrook signing, and the former Eagle remains a free agent.

Now, the Washington Redskins -- one of three teams along with the Rams and the Broncos that were initially interested in Westbrook -- have restated their interest in bringing Westbrook to the nation's capitol.

"Like I told you, I'm not sure what direction he's going," Mike Shanahan said. "But we've been entertaining that option. I'm not sure what direction he's going at this time."

In non-angry words, that means "We're interested, but we're not sure if we can overpay for an additional 2000 Pro Bowl running back."

The 'Skins already have Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, Willie Parker, Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams on their depth chart. Bringing in Westbrook would be good for them in terms of really boosting the backfield's pass-catching ability, but they'd probably have to admit a mistake on either Parker or Johnson and cut them loose, simply because there aren't enough carries to go around.

Of course, the upshot for Washington looking at Westbrook is that he already has an excellent repoire with starting quarterback Donovan McNabb, and plugging him into Shanahan's offense with an already comfortable situation would be fun to watch.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 4:22 pm

Report: Brian Westbrook to join Rams

Posted by Andy Benoit

Longtime Eagles running back Brian Westbrook will sign with the St. Louis Rams on Monday, according to ESPN's Mike Sando.

The veteran free agent had visited with several teams, including the Redskins and Broncos. He's settling on a Rams club that doesn't have a chance at the postseason in 2010, but that can at least offer him a defined third down role behind star Steven Jackson.

Also, Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur spent several years as the quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia. Thus, Westbrook is already familiar with the system.

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 12:47 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2010 2:55 pm

Broncos lose two RBs today

Not a great few minutes for Denver during its morning practice today.

Within a few plays of each other, Broncos RBs Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter left the field with injuries. First, it was Moreno, who was taking part in 7 on 7 drills and injured his leg, according to Broncos Rapid Reporter Lee Rasizer . He had to be carted off the field.

Then, with Buckhalter upgraded to the first team, he appeared to injure his left hamstring. He went to the locker room as well, but he walked there himself.

That means fourth-year player Kolby Smith – who spent his first three years in the NFL with the Chiefs – is the prime candidate to take first-team reps. Rasizer also mentioned the team could look toward free agent Brian Westbrook. This, of course, is assuming the injuries to Moreno and Buckhalter are serious.

UPDATE (2:48 PM):
According to the Denver Pos t, Moreno has a hamstring injury, while Buckhalter has an upper-back pull. Of the two, Moreno's injury appears more serious. Jason La Canfora of NFL.com says Moreno will have an MRI to determine whether he tore his hamstring.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 14, 2010 4:16 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2010 4:18 pm

Brian Westbrook stil eager to play

Former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook remains unsigned. Lately, he has been working out with Darnell DockettB. Westbrook (US Presswire) and Visanthe Shiancoe in hopes of catching on with a team. The Redskins want to sign him (who, by the way, is a DC area native), but Westbrook realizes their backfield is already crowded with banged-up veterans (Clinton Portis, Willie Parker, Larry Johnson). Part of the problem is the soon-to-be 31-year-old’s reputation for injuries, (bad knee, concussions).

Westbrook recently spoke to Jason Reid of the Washington Post.

"A lot of people, they don't understand," said Westbrook "The way to heal is to rest. ..... They don't realize I didn't have any time to rehab or to just train for last season." Westbrook had surgery on his knee and ankle before the 2009 season.

"That's why I know this season is gonna be different," he continued, "because I've got time to work out, time to get in shape, time to train, time to be the best player I can be. There's no doubt about it when I go out and I'm healthy. This year I'm healthy. No excuses."

--Andy Benoit

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