Eagles Unofficially Release Brian Westbrook
So much for waiting to see if Brian Westbrook would take a pay-cut and stick with the Philadelphia Eagles.
After months of speculation on his future playing career, with or without the Eagles, we at least finally know that Westbrook is no longer going to be playing in Philadelphia.
And despite letting go one of their most beloved players in team history, the Eagles brass, most notably head coach Andy Reid, had nothing but praise for the 30-year old running back.
“Brian is one of the greatest Eagles of all time and he is an even a better person and leader,” Reid said. “In my mind, there has not been a more versatile running back that the NFL has seen.”
Unfortunately, the once versatile and elusive Westbrook hit a quick, hard low in 2009, playing in just eight games due to leg and head injuries, and scoring just two touchdowns.
Westbrook failed to reach at least 900 total yards since his rookie season, and appeared on the decline.
However, Westbrook has said that he is “100%” toward continuing his playing career, and aside from a re-occurring concussion, there arguably isn’t much reason to think Westbrook doesn’t still have the ability to continue being an effective back in the NFL.
Whether or not he still has what it takes to be a feature back is a question all in it’s own, but with several teams in need of a talented, versatile back, Westbrook is unlikely to go the route of guys like Shaun Alexander and Edgerrin James have in recent years.
In other words, Westbrook is a living, breathing, walking free agent, and he’s on the open market.
So, is anyone interested?
To find out where Westbrook could be playing in 2010, go here.