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Shanahan: Skins have made offer to Brian Westbrook

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan made his most emphatic public overtures to free agent running back Brian Westbrook Wednesday, saying Washington has made Westbrook an official offer to join a full stable of running backs that already includes veterans Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker.

Asked after Wednesday's offseason workout session if he had heard from Westbrook or his agent, Shanahan told the assembled media, "No, but if you guys hear anything, just tell him that we're ready.

"We want him to sign with us," Shanahan said. "Like I said, it could be some great competition. I really like Brian, what he's done and how he's handled himself. I'm sure he's weighing some options. It's not too far away from home. Any more I can do?"

Shanahan was reminded that Westbrook's younger brother Byron plays cornerback for the Redskins. "I've played that card already," Shanahan said.

Westbrook, 30, played his entire eight-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles before he was released this offseason. He is coming off two concussions that limited him to eight games and 274 yards rushing--his lowest output since his rookie season of 2002. St. Louis also has shown interest in Westbrook.

Westbrook's quarterback in Philadelphia was new Redskins signal caller Donovan McNabb. Though McNabb emphasized Wednesday that he has no say in personnel decisions in Washington, he said he speaks with his former -- and perhaps future -- teammate regularly.

"It's not just pertaining to football," McNabb said. "I just want the guy to have an opportunity to continue on what he started and prove the critics wrong that he can still play. If it's here or anywhere else, that would be his decision and for the people upstairs. For me, I'm just trying to get my feet settled and get this thing in the right direction."

In other news out of the latest session of organized team activities, cornerback DeAngelo Hall, safety LaRon Landry, punter Josh Bidwell and linebacker Rocky McIntosh -- who still has not signed his contract tender -- joined defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth as no-shows Wednesday. Shanahan addressed only Bidwell - who he said he told not to come - specifically.

"We're at 94 percent" attendance for OTAs, Shanahan said. "There's going to be a guy here or there that misses. There's going to be a guy here or there that's excused. I really don't get into everything. All I can say is that when you're at 94-95 percent, you feel pretty good about your football team and the direction you're heading. ... Obviously in the end if they're not here, it's not good for their future."

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 2, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Donovan McNabb , Free agency , Mike Shanahan , Running backs  
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Comments

f1rst to the f1srt

Posted by: scooby1369 | June 2, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

This is okay with me, but it puzzles me that we're not getting younger at RB... and that we're rolling the dice with a rookie and some retreads on the O line. Other than that I think we're in great shape.

It's June! Three months to kickoff! Hooray!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 2, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

This is okay with me, but it puzzles me that we're not getting younger at RB... and that we're rolling the dice with a rookie and some retreads on the O line. Other than that I think we're in great shape.

It's June! Three months to kickoff! Hooray!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 2, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I saw somebody gave a shout-out to Otogwe on the last thread.

One thing I didn't realize until a read a piece on him today is that he's 29 years-old already.

And he's looking for a long-term payday.

This guy may be pro-bowl caliber, but he's injury prone, not getting any younger, and relies heavily on his athleticism to play the FS role.

I say let someone else take the chance on him. We've got a young secondary -- let one of these guys fight it out for the second safety spot.

Posted by: psps23 | June 2, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I think the Skins will win the NFC East every year. Except this year I have put money on it with some of my Cowboy friends.

McNabb/Shanahan/Allen have given me a much needed boost of confidence in this team.

11-5 this year.

Posted by: iH8dallas

I like the attitude, but I'm not coming to you for investment advice.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 2, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, sorry about the double post, y'all.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 2, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I like the attitude, but I'm not coming to you for investment advice.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 2, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse
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What with the storm brewing over Europe, gambling might be the safest thing you can do right now.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | June 2, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

sign atogwe
sign westbrook

and trade rogers to the ravens for gaither (maybe throw in a 5th rounder next year)

boom
done

Posted by: cotelloer | June 2, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

If we sign Westbrook, Willie Parker will obviously be cut. Ain't that right Cap'tn Obvious?

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 2, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 2, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Appreciate the excitement, but for double posting you must log on to an old post and talk to yourself the rest of the day. Don't let it happen again, or we'll make Kemoeatu sit on your face after eating a bowl of beans!

Posted by: monk811 | June 2, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"All I can say is that when you're at 94-95 percent, you feel pretty good about your football team and the direction you're heading. ... Obviously in the end if they're not here, it's not good for their future."

I like that quote...a lot.

Bring in Westbrook. What can it hurt? We have all old RBs anyway and we are not going to get, at this point, a young stud. Maybe he does have something left. All I know is that if McNabb and Westbrook do have gas left in the tank, Iggle games will be a lot of fun.

Posted by: amaranthpa | June 2, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

4th, I was going to say that -- I think Westbrook in means Parker out.

You didn't say "book it", though, so maybe you're pulling our collective leg?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 2, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Snyder should rename the team the Washington Retreads. Reminds me of the Ramskins team in George Allen's first year as Skins HC.

On our way to another season w/o playoff football. Keep giving your $ to Snyder folks. He's laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted by: kmp1 | June 2, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

like the attitude, but I'm not coming to you for investment advice.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 2, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm a much better motivational speaker than financial analyst.

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 2, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I only 'book' stuff that's out on a limb.....

Like saying the Saints won't (WILL NOT) go to the playoffs....

Book it!

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 2, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"Skins have made offer to Brian Westbrook"


If we sign Westbrook, iggles' fans will howl and dub the D.C. pro football team "The Washington Sloppy Seconds."

We got McNabb and want Westbrook.

We once had Thrash and Trotter.

I say let's give the young'ns Torain and Williams the room--and reps--to prove themselves.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 2, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I like the attitude, but I'm not coming to you for investment advice.

Posted by: zcezcest1

I hope you don't consider sports betting investment. It's entertainment, gives you someone to root for, oh and you can also get extra money. Like when Favre was with the Jets, the Titans were undefeated at 10-0 and I said "hah, Favre'll beat em." Sure enough...

I live in Vegas so I bet on the Skins every year to win the SB (didn't last year though, I saw that season coming). We may not win any given year, but when we do win we'll be long shots like the Giants were in '07 and it'll pay off big. 50-1 on $100 sounds good to me.

Posted by: Keiser | June 2, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I only 'book' stuff that's out on a limb.....

Like saying the Saints won't (WILL NOT) go to the playoffs....

Book it!

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 2, 2010 2:43 PM

So who wins that division? Carolina? no. Tampa Bay? no. Atlanta? really?

The bookable one is the Colts not going to the AFC championships ... put that in your pipe and book it.

Posted by: dcsween | June 2, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope you don't consider sports betting investment. ...

Posted by: Keiser | June 2, 2010 2:46 PM

... yeah right. Next thing you're going to tell me is that Powerball is not sound retirement planning. You gotta play to win.

Posted by: dcsween | June 2, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

So who wins that division? Carolina? no. Tampa Bay? no. Atlanta? really?

The bookable one is the Colts not going to the AFC championships ... put that in your pipe and book it.

Posted by: dcsween | June 2, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Actually I think Atlanta has a very good chance to win that division.

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 2, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

50-1 on $100 sounds good to me.

Posted by: Keiser | June 2, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse
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Sure does sound good, but I thought the skins were 16-1 for the SB?

Posted by: mattsoundworld | June 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Dallas will not make the playoffs! Book that shiz.

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 2, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

My google fu retrieved 30-1 odds for the Skins, up from the 50-1 JC hatin' (Keiser apparenly is a Vegas junkie), but down from the 20-1 McNabb zipper pull.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | June 2, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Next thing you're going to tell me is that Powerball is not sound retirement planning. You gotta play to win.

Posted by: dcsween | June 2, 2010 2:49 PM

Save your $$$ sween...we [meaning me, and office mates, mate] already bought the winning ticket for tonight's $260 million drawing.

Posted by: 4-12 | June 2, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Tiger talks like Dave Chappelle's impersonation of a white guy:
"Hey, buddy, do you mind not using profanity, over here, in this vicinity..It makes it hard to concentrate..It's like..Farting..."

Posted by: frak | June 2, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Best bet ever. Learned this the easy way, others learned it from me the expensive way.

Playing 8 ball. Got 4 or so balls left on the table. Its your turn. Make the bet against the other player that "you won't get another shot this game". The other guy will look at the table set-up and won't think you're good enough to run the table. He takes the bet.

Then you sink the 8-ball.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | June 2, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

So who wins that division? Carolina? no. Tampa Bay? no. Atlanta? really?

The bookable one is the Colts not going to the AFC championships ... put that in your pipe and book it.

Posted by: dcsween | June 2, 2010 2:47 PM

Colts not going to the AFC Champ Game is weak.....Not brazen....

Order of the NFC South in 2010:

1. Atlanta
2. New Orleans (But will not get WC berth)
3. Tampa Bay
4. Carolina (But wil win the division in 2011 once LearnedHand's boy Clausen takes over fulltime the starting QB role)

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 2, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey don't discount Atlanta in the south...their schedule is pretty easy...I think they only play 1 perennial pro-bowler all season long (Brees twice). You could possibly throw in Aaron Rodgers, but other than that, none of their opposing QBs scare me...

Posted by: miguelmora76 | June 2, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Sign him and lets call the RB corps the rolling stones, they will all be past their prime stars.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 2, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Order of the NFC South in 2010:

1. Atlanta
2. New Orleans (But will not get WC berth)
3. Tampa Bay
4. Carolina (But wil win the division in 2011 once LearnedHand's boy Clausen takes over fulltime the starting QB role)

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 2, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I think it's:

1. Atlanta
2. Carolina
3. N.O.
4. Tampa Bay

Watch out for Matt Moore.

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 2, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Skins have made offer to Brian Westbrook"


If we sign Westbrook, iggles' fans will howl and dub the D.C. pro football team "The Washington Sloppy Seconds."

We got McNabb and want Westbrook.

We once had Thrash and Trotter.

I say let's give the young'ns Torain and Williams the room--and reps--to prove themselves.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 2, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Thrash was oringinally a Redskin before going to the eagles...Shotty let him go...then we got him back when Gibbs came back.

Posted by: leevi98 | June 2, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

To those who see now as our future I say look a little harder. Yes, they have signed some twilight year players, but I believe those are stop-gap moves. They want to be competitive now, but I beleive this coaching staff is just buying time until they can have a draft with more than four picks and place their own brand on this team.

Posted by: coastallp74 | June 2, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Rams vs. Bills in the Superbowl.

Book it.

Posted by: Original_etrod | June 2, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Colts not going to the AFC Champ Game is weak ... Not brazen ...

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 2, 2010 3:15 PM

You want brazen? Albert Hayneworth will play more than 40 snaps for the Skins during Week One. Book it.

More brazen? Clinton Portis will not take a hand-off for the Skins during Week One. Book it.

Posted by: dcsween | June 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I will be sober opening night against the Cowboys.

Book It!

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Al & Tipper sex tape will be out within 2 weeks.

Book it.

Posted by: Original_etrod | June 2, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Hope he sees a future elsewhere - that's just too much

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | June 2, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Watch out for Matt Moore.

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 2, 2010 3:27 PM

Ever since The Jimmy hooked up with Jeff Gillooly, I've been telling Matt Moore to watch out for Clausen.

Posted by: dcsween | June 2, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

BTW - the OL is still shaky. None of this matters if Trent Williams gets injured or can't hang. We still have no back up LT - and no RT, and Rabach is slowing down and getting more 10 yard holding calls.

Just like last year. None of the chatter mattered because it all came down to the health of Chris Samuels.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | June 2, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Thrash was oringinally a Redskin before going to the eagles...Shotty let him go...then we got him back when Gibbs came back.

Posted by: leevi98 | June 2, 2010 3:31 PM |


Wrong!!! Thrash was an undrafted free agent signed by the Eagles, cut then signed with Skins. Left Skins went to Eagles, then Gibbs brought him back.

Posted by: cnewso01 | June 2, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I will definitely not be pleasing myself to internet pornography tonite.

Book It!

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 2, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Kim Jong Il will marry the princess of Ghana, thus forming the Ghana-rea alliance.

Book it.

Posted by: Original_etrod | June 2, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Rams vs. Bills in the Superbowl.

Book it.

Posted by: Original_etrod | June 2, 2010 3:34 PM

2012 -- the season of scabs

Posted by: dcsween | June 2, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

you have to believe that signing westy would be very ominous for fast willie. there is zero chance we are riding into the regular season with all Four Horsemen. and shanny probably wouldn't lobby this hard to the media for a guy he didn't really like, which means parker is probably all ready on his way out the door.

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http://BroodingBurgundy.com
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Posted by: bcarothers | June 2, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

When in Oakland, Jason Campbell will breathe with his mouth closed.

Book It!

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

the season of scabs

Posted by: dcsween | June 2, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse


That was the spring of '97 for me.

Don't ask.

Posted by: Original_etrod | June 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

book it

Posted by: dcsween | June 2, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Sign him and get rid of the woman beater LJ.

Posted by: dg_photofl | June 2, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Probably means either that Willie Parker hasn't shown much in the OTA's or mini-camps and Shanahan isn't convinced that Portis will be the starter. Johnson seems to be on firmer footing considering he'll be the short yardage back if nothing else. No way that the Skins keep 4 veteran running back who are all at the end of their careers.

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