The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday they will release running back Brian Westbrook.
A news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET Tuesday to announce the move.
"Brian is one of the greatest Eagles of all time and he is an even a better person and leader," coach Andy Reid said. "In my mind, there has not been a more versatile running back that the NFL has seen. I had a conversation with Brian this morning to let him know. This is by far the most difficult part of this job. We wanted to make this move in order to maximize Brian's chances of landing with another NFL team."
Westbrook, who has been with the Eagles since 2002, is the franchise's all-time leader in yards (9,785) after being selected in the third round from Villanova.
It was to a point over the last four years where you could take a drink every time an ESPN talking head said "This team is a contender with a healthy Westbrook!" I thought he was nigh untouchable, especially considering the Eagles don't really have much of a second option. I guess they taken a running back in the draft?
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Originally posted by philadelphiaeagles.com The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Tuesday that they will release running back Brian Westbrook.
"Brian is one of the greatest Eagles of all time and he is even a better person and leader," said head coach Andy Reid. "In my mind, there has not been a more versatile running back that the NFL has seen. I had a conversation with Brian this morning to let him know. This is by far the most difficult part of this job. We wanted to make this move now in order to maximize Brian's chances of landing with another NFL team."
Westbrook will finish his Eagles career as the franchise's all-time leader in yards from scrimmage (9,785) after being selected in the 3rd round of the 2002 draft from Division I-AA Villanova. He also ranks 2nd in rushing yards (5,995) behind Wilbert Montgomery and 3rd in receptions (426) behind Harold Carmichael and Pete Retzlaff. In addition, Westbrook's 68 total touchdowns ranked 3rd in team history behind Carmichael and Steve Van Buren. He holds the franchise's single season record for most scrimmage yards in a season (a league-leading 2,104 in 2007) and most receptions in a season (90 in 2007). He eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark 20 times (including playoffs) during his career, tying for 2nd most in club history.
"Brian Westbrook is one of the most electric players in the history of this franchise and is certainly also one of the most popular," said Eagles Chairman Jeffrey Lurie. "He was personally one of the my favorite players to watch each and every Sunday and his playmaking abilities, leadership and values will be missed."
Said team president Joe Banner, "We all know how valuable Brian was as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and he will certainly go down as one of the greatest Eagles of all time. But what really showed me how special a person Brian is, was watching the way he interacted with my children. That said more to me about Brian than anything else he could have done on the playing field. We will miss him both as a person and as a player."
I guess the flood gates are officially open for business now. The Eagles will be fine with McCoy and Maclin. Who wants the walking concussion is the most fun question. If Houston could somehow get Slaton, Moats, and Westbrook functioning all at once, the sexiest/trendiest team in the league could be a nice landing spot.
Originally posted by Super ShaneThe Eagles will be fine with McCoy and Maclin.
Maclin? Do you mean in a "they've got enough young spritely things on offense" sense, because I'm not sure he helps the RB situation so much, and a triumvirate of McCoy, Buckley and Weaver wouldn't put me in my happy place.
Originally posted by EddieBurkettI hope he retires, but I don't see that happening.
He will always be my favorite Eagle.
Yeah, I'll always love the guy but he's at that stage where, while I don't think he's got much left, I'm not so convinced that the idea of him going elsewhere wouldn't worry me. He's always had the 'Little Engine that Could' thing going for him, so I don't see him calling it a day sadly.
If he winds up in New York or Washington I may cry.
The ESPN.com article said he's now the highest paid O-lineman in the LEAGUE. There's something wrong when a guy who hasn't stepped on the field has that distinction, and I'd guess the next CBA will address that to some degree.