Mar 072011
brian westbrook

Could Brian Westbrook return to the Eagles?

By Justin Adkins:

Eagles grasp on the Salary Cap Championship in trouble?

No, the Eagles aren’t about to break the bank for free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (though hopefully once a new CBA is established they do). 

Actually, per’s Adam Caplan, the Eagles’ front office staff just took a hit as contract negotiator and salary cap expert Adam Katz has left the team to go back to law school.  This will leave only general manager Howie Roseman, team president Joe Banner, and the newly hired Derron Harris to negotiate contracts going forward (whenever contracts actually start to get negotiated).

So the answer to the above question is no.  Despite the personnel turnover the Eagles will still likely continue to compete for the Salary Lombardi for many years to come. 

Brian Westbrook coming home?

Former Eagles great Brian Westbrook said on Comcast Sportsnet that he’s hoping to return to Philadelphia, and he thinks head coach Andy Reid would be on board.

“I talk to coach Reid every week or so,” Westbrook said. “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 31 year-old (32 this September) running back spent last season with the 49ers but will become a free agent once the new league year actually begins.  Westbrook showed flashes of his former self at times last year, especially when San Fran starter Frank Gore went down for the season with an injury.  He played in 14 games, starting five, gaining 340 yards on 77 carries (4.4 avg.) with 4 touchdowns.  In addition, Westbrook caught 16 passes for 150 yards (9.4 avg.) and a touchdown. 

A healthy Westbrook would be a great backup option at what should be a decent price (see, no worries about that cap championship), especially since Jerome Harrison is likely to move on as a free agent once the CBA is resolved.  And even a half-healthy Westbrook should be a better option than Eldra Buckley, so who knows, it’s actually possible BWest could be back in midnight green this season. 

And another interesting aspect of this, at least in the opinion of, is the Eagles could now be targeted for tampering charges, since Reid technically can’t speak to other teams’ players while said players are under contract with other teams. 

So this could get interesting.  The 49ers themselves got nailed for tampering with Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs back in 2008.  So Francisco may have a chip on their shoulder because of it and could seek a little tit-for-tat.

It’s possible then that Westbrook’s comments could end up preventing him from actually agreeing to terms once the notoriously conservative Reid hears from the league office.  Or maybe Reid will just claim that he’s never talked to Westbrook before and the team has no interest in signing him.  If Reid does indeed say that, expect Westbrook to sign with the Eagles within a couple days.

Eagles to work out combine’s fastest man

It’s not only Al Davis that worships at the altar of speed. 

The Eagles have a workout scheduled with University of Miami’s (Fl) cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke, who told that he would meet with the team on campus March 14.

Van Dyke ran an official 4.28 40 at the combine, the fastest recorded in 2011 and the third fastest since 2000.  Only Tennessee’s Chris Johnson (4.24) and Oakland’s Stanford Routt (4.27) have timed better during that timeframe.  “DVD” also put up a 33.5-inch vertical (pretty average for a corner), a 10-1 broad jump, and a 4.09 time in the short shuttle.  He also only put up 5 reps on the bench.

The svelte speedster measures in at 6-1 and 176 pounds, so while he has nice height he may have trouble pressing NFL receivers at the line.  

Van Dyke didn’t see the field that regularly at the U, where he was barely a spot starter, and he’s considered a mid to late-round pick at best.  Either way, he’s certainly not the immediate answer for the Eagles horrible situation at right cornerback.

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