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Signing Brian Westbrook is still a possibility for Redskins, Shanahan says

Although more than a week has passed since they met with Brian Westbook, the Redskins have not ruled out signing the free agent running back, Coach Mike Shanahan said today.

"We're still talking to Brian. He's under consideration," Shanahan told reporters after the Redskins' organized team activity at Redskins Park. "I'm sure he's looking at his options. We'll find out in the near future what happens there."

Westbrook met with coaches last Wednesday at Redskins Park. He met the following day with the Denver Broncos and still has the St. Louis Rams on his radar.

Though an initial ESPN report stated that Redskins quarterback Donovan McNab encouraged his new team to pursue his former Philadelphia teammate, McNabb said he hasn't had any input in the process.

"A lot of times, people think the quarterback makes the decisions on the team, but I don't know what their plans are," McNabb said.

By Rick Maese  |  May 19, 2010; 1:54 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb , Free agency , Mike Shanahan  
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Not terribly excited by Brian Westbrook, but whatevs, Shanny. Many months to get things sorted out for this roster.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 19, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

KILLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA !!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMYtQKWCupE

Posted by: ATLredskin | May 19, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

First... to put a brick in the Great Wall of Chinatown!

Posted by: Predator48 | May 19, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I actually like what Westbrook would bring to the table much more than Parker but we'll see.....looking forward to next year when we bring in some fresh legs. How many old vets can we sign at the position where youth seems to be more important than any other?

Posted by: VaTerp1 | May 19, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: ATLredskin | May 19, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Ay nobody click that link...

Posted by: ATLredskin | May 19, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

People in the defense of Wall conveniently like to point out stats and his "upside".

Go check Turner's stats and see what he did every year he played at OSU. Turner has just as much as upside as John Wall.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 19, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse


Turner's freshman year:

27minutes/game, 8.5 pts, 4.4rebs, 2.6assts, 2.7 to, 1.3 steals, 47%fg, 69.9%ft, 33.3% 3-pt


Wall's freshman year

34minutes/game, 16.6pts, 4.3rebs, 6.5 assts, 4 to, 1.8 stl, 46% fg, 75.4% ft, 32.5% 3-pt


Hard to argue that Evan Turner and John Wall are the same kind of talent-potential.

The only reason people are mentioning Evan Turner along with Wall is because Turner has had 2 more years to polish/develop his game in college. That's what puts him in the conversation.

If we were talking about Evan Turner vs. John Wall both as freshman, the Turner apologists would be laughed out of the covnersation.

If you put the 2 on the same track, in terms of experience/ability, then it's clear the greater upside is with Wall.
That's not to say that Turner does not have potential. The key thing is matching up their starting points for measuring that.

Red, you've cited the whole "Oden v. Durant" draft as an example, but that;s not really a good one. Both of those guys were 1 and dones.

Evan v. Wall is more like the Howard vs. Okafor discussion.

Younger raw athletic talent vs. more polished refined college-proven player.

Posted by: p1funk | May 19, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: p1funk | May 19, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Bring him in. The more competition, the better. Westbrook is a great receiver out of the backfield - far better than any of the other guys in the stable - so maybe he becomes the third and long back, or just the guy they bring in when they want to shift to the running back lining up as a receiver.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 19, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz have shooters and wing players, hell, their starting point guard is one and thats part of the problem. What they need is a guy who can run an offense, get to the lane and distribute the rock.


Posted by: Predator48

Pred, the Wizards don't have ANYONE nearly as versatile as Evan Turner.

Not anywhere near.

Leonsis has been on record saying that he would like to acquire another 1st round draft pick. They could package Thorton and maybe Howard for a mid-first rounder.


And as far as getting into the lane and distributing the rock, this is the NBA. That may work some of the time, but if you can't knock down the 'J, teams will take that away from you and force you to become a jump shooter and make decisions on the perimeter (see: Rose, Derrick)

And those are the holes in Wall's game.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 19, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The only posting I'm hoping to see is "Albert Haynesworth traded to (blank) for (blank)"

Feel free to fill in the blanks.

Posted by: iH8dallas | May 19, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

If we sign Brian, Willie Parker is gone.

Posted by: MadeRED | May 19, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

not even one yr left on the tread with westbrook. And I say no because Mcnabb needs to get the ball to his new recieving core, not his primary safety valve from philly that's running on fumes.

Posted by: sthai75 | May 19, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Trust me, McNabb, the QB has NO say what happens in DC. Just ask your predecessor.

Posted by: Keiser | May 19, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Red
Turner>Rose

Posted by: iH8dallas | May 19, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Man if nobody wants Westbrook by now. Then something must be up, either physically or mentally. For a team as depleted as the Rams to pass on him is a real red flag.
Plus, I'm sure his boy Brian Dawkins must have vouched for him to make Denver take a look, and they passed too.

Posted by: Predator48 | May 19, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

What is with splitting posts between two pages that are too short to require it? It is very frustrating, especially when browsing on a mobile device, to have to wait for a second page to load in order to read a grand total of TWO extra sentences after the break. There is no reason a post that is a total of seven sentences long should be split.

At first I assumed this was a blog software issue and that maybe there was a predetermined maximum length that triggered the split regardless of how many lines remained in the post. But there have been posts 3-4 times longer than this that are not split so this is obviously not the case.

Posted by: hockeygoalie29 | May 19, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

If we sign Brian, Willie Parker is gone.

Posted by: MadeRED | May 19, 2010 2:24 PM
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My thinking exactly. I think Shanahan was thinking Parker could be used like Westbrook was in Philly. Why settle for a sub when you can get the real thing?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 19, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

* beep beep *

new post...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 19, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

bring back shawn springs to play free safety!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | May 19, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

bring back shawn springs to play free safety!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | May 19, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

p1, again, I said in addition to looking at stats also look at the level of talent that Wall had at Kentucky and how that compared to Turner at OSU.

Again, it's no surprise that Wall's stats are better than Turner's when he HAD MORE TALENT surrounding him.

GAWD!


Defenses can key-in easily on Turner because it was simple with OSU: Stop Turner, OSU looses.

You can't do that at Kentucky. You still had to account for Cousins and the rest of 'em.

And please quit using stats as the basis of your argument. You wanna do stats I'll throw you some out there:

GP MPG PPG FG% 3FG% FT% APG RPG BPG SPG
36 31.8 21.2 41.0 31.7 72.2 3.6 2.5 0.6 1.2


GP MPG PPG FG% 3FG% FT% APG RPG BPG SPG
32 33.4 15.3 45.1 47.4 83.4 6.6 4.5 0.0 2.4


Stats mean very little in school. The first set belongs to Dajuan Wagner in his freshman year, the second set belongs to Chris Paul in his freshman year.

It's all about who's NBA ready. That is Evan Turner.

Gawd peeps, get off the spoon-fed hype already.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 19, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

bring back shawn springs to play free safety!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | May 19, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I believe Westbrook will sign with Washington. Closer to home and being with Donovan again outweighs the $ factor and dealing with a new QB. Looks like Shanahan wants Westbrook. Interesting.

Posted by: RedCherokee | May 19, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

p1, again, I said in addition to looking at stats also look at the level of talent that Wall had at Kentucky and how that compared to Turner at OSU.

Again, it's no surprise that Wall's stats are better than Turner's when he HAD MORE TALENT surrounding him.

GAWD!


Defenses can key-in easily on Turner because it was simple with OSU: Stop Turner, OSU looses.

You can't do that at Kentucky. You still had to account for Cousins and the rest of 'em.

And please quit using stats as the basis of your argument. You wanna do stats I'll throw you some out there:

GP MPG PPG FG% 3FG% FT% APG RPG BPG SPG
36 31.8 21.2 41.0 31.7 72.2 3.6 2.5 0.6 1.2


GP MPG PPG FG% 3FG% FT% APG RPG BPG SPG
32 33.4 15.3 45.1 47.4 83.4 6.6 4.5 0.0 2.4


Stats mean very little in school. The first set belongs to Dajuan Wagner in his freshman year, the second set belongs to Chris Paul in his freshman year.

It's all about who's NBA ready. That is Evan Turner.

Gawd peeps, get off the spoon-fed hype already.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 19, 2010 2:45 PM
&**********(*&(*&*^%^$%$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$###

dajaun wagner was nasty in high school and college but didn't have a work ethic and had a ton of baggage!!! a ton of baggage!!!

why not package areans and picks for another lottery pick...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | May 19, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone signed John Henderson? Shanny should bring him in to play DE in the Skins 3-4.

Posted by: coparker5 | May 19, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

parker brings nothing to the table.. westbrook would be a very dangerous long yardage back.. love him in the screen game and in open space..

Posted by: cboyhater | May 19, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I won't be a popular move but it would be the right move. We don't need Parker when Westbrook changes defenses. Does everyone have that short of a memory? This guy got his bell rung a few times. So did Portis. He wouldn't be every-down in DC so his little nagging stuff wouldn't be as big of a factor.

He was always the guy that created huge mis-matches for defenses coming out of the backfield. Would be a great addition.

Posted by: JoelV | May 19, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Great to see that we're working hard on reuniting the cast of Space Cowboys to play in our backfield.

Posted by: jmorrisa | May 19, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I like Moore and Doughty but I'd love to see Springs come back here as a safety - and corner back insurance.

No to Westbrook, that's two too many Eagles for me and we already have a stable of backs.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | May 19, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

dajaun wagner was nasty in high school and college but didn't have a work ethic and had a ton of baggage!!! a ton of baggage!!!

___________________________________________
Totally disgree, Wagner worked his but off. Wagner was sick and could've died. The guy had half his colon removed. He gave it another shot AFTER his surgery and actually made the team with the Warriors only to have another medical setback and had to give it up. Nelly loved the kid because he worked his butt off.

Posted by: jimjam5 | May 19, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

And If the Bullets do find a way to trade up their picks and a player for a mid-first round there's a chance Monroe falls a few spots and I'd love to see him pushing McGee and Blatche to get a little tougher.

Posted by: WestCoastBullet | May 19, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The fact that the coach said that just gives proof that, it was Elway not his coaching that won the super bowls.

Where is the offensive line? Same story just another coach saying it.

To all the suckers who believe it will be better this time around don't fool yourself.

Jason what's up with the topic?

Posted by: shamken | May 19, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

How many concussions has Westbrook had? He was very good when healthy..who recalls when that was? I am wondering about Mike? We assume, because of his past, he knows what he is doing. His teams went downhill the last years he was at Denver. The owner..his good friend..had to let him go.
If he brings in any players..it needs to be O linemen. An average back looks good behind a tough o line. A top back does not look so good behind a weak o line.

That is NFL 101

Posted by: blazerguy234 | May 19, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Very happy with the New Regime but can someone explain or at least provide some hypothesis as to why so much emphasis is being put on providing a lot of competition at the Defensive Line and running back position and very little in the way of the offensive line or safety position?

Posted by: WestCoastBullet | May 19, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Wall > Turner

Wall = Rondo
Turner = Richard Jefferson

Posted by: coparker5 | May 19, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Please bring in some more O-Linemen! PLEASE!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | May 19, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse


Folks, I keep trying to tell ya and what do ya do? You renew your season tickets due to all the offseason activity at Redskin Park. $nyder is still making all the calls. He never liked Campbell, never gave him the support he deserved. He was the one that dumped Campbell, not Allen. Then he had to make a big offseason splash with the McNabb deal. Are the Redskins going to act like they want to get younger, rebuild? The freakin Backfield is over the hill now. Worked in Allen Sr's day, but not anymore. IT IS MORE OF THE SAME, THE LAST 10 YEARS. $nyder has an addiction to offseason headlines, brainwashed fans keep buying tickets and merchandise, and I keep beating the keys over and over and over:
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!


Posted by: hessone | May 19, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

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