Westbrook To Visit Redskins
By Lance Epstein
It was not too long ago that Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook were featured players and mainstays in the Eagles offense. Now, they both might find their careers ending in Washington.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, running back Brian Westbrook will meet with the Washington Redskins on Wednesday. Mortensen added that McNabb has been urging the 'Skins to pursue his former feature back. Besides McNabb yearning to reunite with Westbrook, he could want to team up with his brother Byron who plays on special teams for Washington.
Earlier this offseason, the Eagles decided to release Westbrook due to a rash of injuries, which included knee problems and multiple concussions. However, it was reported just a couple of days after the 2010 NFL Draft that he passed a physical with the St. Louis Rams.
If Westbrook decides to join the Redskins, he is going to have stiff competition at the running back position considering new head coach Mike Shanahan has Clinton Portis (29), Larry Johnson (30) and Willie Parker (29) already in the fold.
Additionally, Westbrook is not a spring chicken anymore. He will be 31 years old next season and has had a lot of wear and tear over the past eight seasons. During his tenure with the Eagles, he carried the rock 1,308 times for 5995 yards and 37 touchdowns. On top of that he has compiled 326 receptions for 3,790 yards and 29 TDs.
Unfortunately, the past two seasons Westbrook has been a shell of his former self. Over the past two years, he has combined to play only 22 regular season games out of 32. Moreover, he register only 1210 yards on the ground and 583 receiving yards.
However, Westbrook was very productive at getting the ball past the plane as he scored 16 touchdowns over that two-year period. Still, he can no longer be a feature back in this league and will probably be forced to settle for a third-down back role.
Signing with the Redskins makes a ton of sense since he will not have to endure the physical beatings of the game with the amount of backs at Shanahan's disposal. Furthermore, by not taking as many hits, Westbrook could be utilized more efficiently and be a very effective weapon out of the backfield.
Most Eagles fans dread seeing two major components over the last decade wear the burgundy and gold to success. Yet fans should be used to this by now as Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has basically brought in every aging veteran over the past five years.
While no fan will or should cheer for the Redskins, fans should be happy if Westbrook can continue his career after all he has given to the Eagles franchise. However for his sake, he better hope proving the Andy Reid and Howie Roseman wrong doesn't comeback to give him more health concerns to worry about in the future.