Brian Westbrook has decided to follow Lito Sheppard, and has fired his current agent Fletcher Smith. Westbrook has to wait 5 days before he can sign with another agent, and the word is he will actually sign with Lito’s former agency All Pro Sports & Entertainment.
Westbrook is not happy with his current contract. Here is what he said on the matter.
“When I signed my contract with the Eagles 2½ years ago, they paid me for the level of play I was playing at the time,” Westbrook said. “I’m not at that level no more. I’m at a higher level of play. There’s no question about that. The numbers don’t lie. My numbers have steadily increased from that point until now. Now, I’m at the point where I’m one of the elite backs in the NFL, and I should be compensated that way.”
While I do understand Westbrook’s point, I also know that he was very happy to sign this contract when he did. In fact this is what Brian said back on November 7th, 2005.
“I’m glad to have an opportunity to continue my career in Philadelphia,” Westbrook said in a statement Sunday. “I’ve worked very hard to put myself in a position to receive a long-term contract and I’m glad the Eagles have recognized my talents and dedication to this team.”
The problem with just tearing up his contract, and giving him a new deal is that once you give him a new deal, you have half the team lined up wanting to tear their contracts up. Guys like Shawn Andrews, Trent Cole, Sheldon Brown, and others will want their pay increase as well.
People give the argument that a player can be cut anytime, but how about the player who does not live up to his contract. Should the Eagles be allowed to go back to Jevon Kearse, and ask for some of that 16 million signing bonus back? They can’t do that, and Westbrook can’t expect to get a new deal. You liked the deal when you signed it, now it is time to live with it.
If Westbrook is that strapped for cash, maybe he should use his “elite status” to bring in some more endorsements. I am sure Gatorade, Vitamin Water, Nike, Under Armour, Reebok, or Visa would like to use Brian to sell their product.
I can’t see Lito or Westbrook actually going as far as holding out. The Eagles have historically played hard ball with these type of situations, and will fine players for every day of training camp that they miss. I also can not see the Eagles caving in on any contract demands. They just do not do business that way, and at most they would only be willing extend these players current contracts.
We’ll find out how this will turn out soon enough, because training camp starts.
Let the rocky off season begin.