I was listening to Daily News Live the other day, and Derrick Gunn said something that caught my attention. He claimed to have sources that say Joe Banner has approached Fletcher Smith(Brian Westbrook‘s agent) about a possible contract renegotiation.
Westbrook has been somewhat upset about paying back the $3 million bonus that was paid to him twice accidentally, and reports are that he feels he is underpaid right now.
Gunn thinks that the Eagles value Westbrook a great deal(they better), and will probably throw him a nice bone to keep him happy.
Westbrook had one of the best seasons any Eagle has ever had. He broke the single season record for yards per scrimmage with 2,104 yards(Wilbert Montgomery 2,006), and broke the record for receptions in a season with 90(Irving Fryar 88).
Andy Reid went out of his way to praise Westbrook in his final press conference of the year.
“I think he’s done a phenomenal job, fantastic job, whatever you want to put in there,” head coach Andy Reid said. “He’s done a great job throughout the year and I’ve looked around the league and I have a hard time seeing any back doing it any better than what he does.”
“This guy is not only a good runner but he’s a great receiver and he’s a great blocker,” Reid said. “Those guys are hard to find.”
I hope this does not turn into any type of hold out situation this Summer. Westbrook is one of the classiest guys around, and I can not see him sitting out for “outperforming his contract”.
I do think this would be a great move by the front office, and would
probably hopefully silence some of the haters who claim that the “Eagles are cheap”. It would definitely be a great public relations move.