B-West wants to keep playing
Despite suffering two concussions last season that forced him to miss a total of eight games, running back Brian Westbrook still has every intention of playing football again in 2010.
Many experts have been speculating that the 30-year-old Westbrook would hang up his cleats after a disappointing season in which the Pro Bowl running back was knocked unconscious in Week 7 against the Washington Redskins, only to return to action and suffer another concussion in Week 10 at San Diego.
"My goal is to get back out there and play football again,” Westbrook said during an interview on HDNet’s Dan Rather Reports. “That's what I'm gonna train this offseason to do. That's what I'm gonna put everything that I can into be able to do next year, is to go out there and play football at a high level. That's my goal and that's what I'm planning on doing.”
Westbrook has spent all eight of his NFL seasons in Philadelphia. He currently ranks second in franchise history in rushing yards, with 5,995 and second in games played by a running back, with 107.
Now that the running back has made his 2010 intentions clear, the focus will shift to where B-West will be playing football next season.
The Villanova product is scheduled to earn $7.25 million in 2010. In addition, the Eagles used their 2009 second-round draft pick on Pittsburgh running back LeSean McCoy, who recorded 945 total yards and four touchdowns in place of the injured Westbrook in 2009.
With McCoy and Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver forming an effective 1-2 backfield punch for the Birds, coupled with a high price tag for an oft-injured 30-year-old running back, one would assume that Westbrook’s time in Philadelphia is likely over.
That is, unless he’s willing to take a significant pay cut.
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Here's the Westbrook interview: