Westbrook To Get A Raise?


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.

Tags: Andy Reid Brian Westbrook Daily News Live Derrick Gunn Donovan McNabb Eagles Joe Banner Philadelphia

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    UPDATE:

    Howard Eskin of 610WIP said on his radio program that the reports of the Eagles and Westbrook’s agent meeting are not true. He did say that it could possibly happen sometime during the off season, and if no deal gets done that Brian will more than likely still play.

    Reuben Frank of the Philly Burbs beat me to this story originally, and has followed up on it here. He compares Westbrook to other NFL RBs, and makes a strong arguement for Westbrook getting a new deal.

    http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/99-01022008-1464504.html 

  • Ken

    You can’t see Westbrook sitting out???? 2005 ring a bell? He held out for the first week or so, but the T.O. situation overshadowed it in media attention, so nobody remembers.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    The way I remember that, is Westbrook skipped mini camp, and threatened to hold out. He changed his mind, and reported to training camp, and kept his mouth shut. Then right before the deadline to extend players, they got a deal done.