UPDATE!: John Clayton of ESPN, is reporting that this is an extension that runs until the year 2013. The extension will give Westbrook $24 Million in guaranteed money over the next 3 years(signing bonus and roster bonuses), and could potentially be worth $24 Million. The deal included a $13 Million signing bonus.
Due to restrictions of the current CBA, the Eagles had to add years to his current contract, because they were limited by rule in how much money they could add without an extending the years. The way it is structured, Westbrook gets paid big time over the next 3 years, and the Eagles have minimal risk down the road. If Westbrook’s skills were to diminish due to age or injury in a few years, they can get out of the deal without taking a big cap hit. I doubt Westbrook will see the final two years of this deal, but you never know.
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed yet. The Eagles recognized the value and importance of Brian Westbrook, and were able to get a deal done. I doubt it was LT money, but it is probably a very fair deal. Both sides gave in some, and were able to work this out. This is great news, because now the Eagles best player will be ready to tear apart the NFL, without any contract distractions.
“As I’ve said many times, I believe Brian Westbrook is the best running back in football,” head coach Andy Reid said. “He can do it all from that position, whether it’s running, catching the football or blocking. He is true professional and leader on and off the field and it’s a great deal for both Brian and the Eagles organization. I’d like to give credit to Joe Banner, Todd France and Brian for working so diligently in getting this deal done. We look forward to Brian having a great 2008 season and beyond.”