There is talk of change in Philadelphia, a lot of it, and one of the more dramatic ones might be the departure of veteran running back Brian Westbrook.
As Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News report, Westbrook might have played his final game with the organization in Saturday’s wild-card loss at Dallas. If the gameplan was any indication of what the future holds, it sure looks like he’s being phased out. Westbrook didn’t get one carry and the only time he touched the ball was on a 27-yard reception when the blowout was just about complete.
Rookie LeSean McCoy filled in well for Westbrook this season when concussions kept him out of nearly half the season. The Eagles drafted McCoy to be the future and he looks ready. Westbrook, 30, also had ankle issues this past season and only had 61 rushes.
"Of course, (the season) was disappointing to me from a personal standpoint,’’ Westbrook said. “But I was proud of what the guys were able to do."
The real impetus in Westbrook’s departure will be money. He’s owed $7.5 million in 2010, not the kind of money the Eagles are going to pay a running back who is showing wear and tear.
"I don't think now is the time to talk about my future," Westbrook said. "We just took a tough loss to a very good football team. Lot of guys played hard. Lot of guys played through a lot of adversity throughout the season. I'm proud of that, proud of what the guys have been able to do."
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