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Brian Westbrook Wants To Be A Philadelphia Eagle

Brian WestbrookI love a great comeback but as a Philadelphia Eagles fan I have no interest seeing in Brian Westbrook back in Eagle green. Westrbook told Comcast SportsNet that he would like to return the Eagles. Thanks for the memories B’West but the birds are just fine at running back.

Brian Westbrook told Comcast SportsNet that he talks to Andy Reid frequently, once a week. “We always talk, and I would love to be back in Philly. So we’ll see how things go. I think I can help out. I think they have a very good group of young guys on this team at every position, but I still think I can help this team win.”

Brian Westbrook is currently an unrestricted NFL free agent. After spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team cut Westbrook last year. Westbrook signed a one year deal with the San Francisco 49ers and split time as a starter at the end of the season. A return to Philly would not be uncharacteristic for Andy Reid but seems highly unlikely.

Westbrook signed on with the San Francisco 49ers last season after Glen Coffee abruptly retired. Westbrook signed on as the team’s backup to franchise running back Frank Gore. Westbrook wound up getting an opportunity at the starting job after Frank Gore went down in Week 12 for the season. Up until Week 12, Westbrook had only touched the ball five times in ten games.

Westbrook shined in his first opportunity in mid-game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12 after Gore went down in the first quarter. It was vintage Westbrook who carried the ball for 136 yards on 23 carries and 1 touchdown, averaging close to 6 yards a carry. Unfortunately it was not enough to convince the 49ers coaches who had Westbrook split time with Anthony Dixon who would later wind up with more carries per game than Westbrook. It was the sad reality that even after a Pro Bowl-like game, the coaches still didn’t trust Westbrook with his history of injuries to be the team’s starting running back.

Andy Reid has brought plenty of players back to Philadelphia to finish out their careers, Jeremiah Trotter being the most recent example. But running back is a lot different position than linebacker. As an Eagles fan I love what Westbrook did for the team for eight years, but there is a youth movement going on with the Philadelphia Eagles offense right now that just doesn’t have a place for a 32-year old aging running back.

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