by Brad Biggs
March 07, 02011
Brian Westbrook wants to return to the Philadelphia Eagles. In a big way.
The running back talked openly about it at a book signing, and CSN Philadelphia has it right here.
Westbrook is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.
“I talk to coach Reid every week or so,” Westbrook said in the interview. “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.”
The only problem is that right now Westbrook isn’t supposed to be having discussions with any teams. He certainly shouldn’t have been regularly chatting it up with Reid while he was in his one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers either.
It’s unlikely the Niners want Westbrook to return. They’ve had a coaching change and turnover in the front office, but you never say never.
"That's always a possibility," general manager Trent Baalke said last month, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. "We're going to look at every option whether it's re-signing a guy that's been there or whether it's going out and getting a free agent, whether it's trading for someone or whether it's drafting someone. But we're definitely not closing the door on any option."
Westbrook was solid in the final month of the season when he got playing time with Frank Gore sidelined. Per Barrows, the 49ers had “no comment” when asked about tampering with Westbrook.
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