Thursday, September 08, 2005

Now Westbrook?

Eagles running back Brian Westbrook said he tried to avoid talking about his contract situation in public so maybe now, he like other Eagles before him would rather be traded and paid than accept what he considers a low offer.

“I've seen how the Eagles have done things in the past and I've seen how they've gone about their business as far as other players talking about their contract in the media,” Westbrook said. “And I felt as well as my agent felt as though it would be better for us to handle things behind closed doors.”But Westbrook said those doors have opened now that he and his agent, Fletcher Smith, have ended contract negotiations with the Eagles... for now.“(We) have told the Eagles management that we're no longer interested in talking to them as far as the contract situation goes,” Westbrook said.

Then does it seem that Eagles President Joe Banner pretty much defines how the league feels about running backs?

“Just look at the running back position alone, who's going to be free at the end of the year and find out how many of those guys have gotten active, significant contract extension offers, you're going to see it's very, very small," Banner said. "If I were measuring disrespect I would think that would be disrespectful than a significant offer that wasn't as much as I thought I was worth.”

8 Comments:

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At 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Philly interested in winning or not? They have a good running back with a good personality and gives the team no problems. What's wrong with giving him some descent money and a long term contract? I'm sure McNabb agrees.

 
At 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Philly interested in winning or not? They have a good running back with a good personality and gives the team no problems. What's wrong with giving him some descent money and a long term contract? I'm sure McNabb agrees.

 
At 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Philly interested in winning or not? They have a good running back with a good personality and gives the team no problems. What's wrong with giving him some descent money and a long term contract? I'm sure McNabb agrees.

 
At 2:28 PM, Anonymous George Anderson, Midland, TX said...

Brian is a very classy, very athletically talented guy who hasn't played a complete season. I suspect he recognizes significant injury potential, as does Eagles management. They probably both want security, but from opposite perspectives on the same issue, which could boil down to how guarantees or upfront funding is handled. Management earns its bread monatizing risk, and its not my money, but I'd say Brian is worth a lot of risk for Eagles management.

 
At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the players union has done nothing to insure players who perform at high levels are rewarded with guarnteed contracts...the NBA's Player Assoc has proven that they are strong...this is a violent sport and because it's a short term career the NFLPA should step up to the plate and support the membership...Brian Westbrook is a victim of his repesentation...

 
At 12:54 AM, Blogger Robert Tatum said...

I think that the Eagles are playing hardball with the wrong guy. The guy has not made a whole lot of money in his short career and just saw Lamont Jordan sign a $20m contract with no proven track record. The Eagles need to work this out, or it could have long term ramifications during the season.

Robert

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At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The window is closing. I think the days are over by winning the division in the begining of Nov. We need to play are players if we want a SuperBowl.

 

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