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Brian Westbrook visits Redskins as he shops for ideal team

Clinton Portis is guaranteed $6.4 million whether or not he makes the Washington Redskins' roster out of training camp and the Redskins this offseason have signed Larry Johnson and Willie Parker. Although the backfield already seems crowded, the Redskins are expected to play host to all-pro running back Brian Westbrook on Wednesday at Redskins Park.

Of course, that doesn't mean the Redskins will offer a contract to the former Philadelphia Eagles star, who was widely considered the league's best all-around back before his 2009 season was cut short because of two concussions. Or that the eight-year veteran and former DeMatha standout would chose to sign with the Redskins.


"But it could be a possibility," said Redskins cornerback Byron Westbrook about potentially becoming his brother's teammate for the first time since they played youth football.

"We do have three great backs on the team right now. With my brother, it would be adding another dimension from a pass-catching standpoint and a great third-down running back. And also a great first- and second-down running back as well."

The Redskins have hosted many free agents and signed few in beginning of the Mike Shanahan regime. But because of Westbrook's productive partnership in Philadelphia with quarterback Donovan McNabb, perhaps there is room for another high-profile back on the roster.

When in top form, Westbrook was second to none as a pass-catching back, and he was much more than simply a third-down security blanket for McNabb. He was an every-down threat that defensive coordinators prepared for each week.

"He did get cleared medically when he [recently] visited the Rams," Byron Westbrook said. "They did a physical, a checkup on him, and the Rams did deem that he was good to play. Remember, at the end of the season, after the second one [concussion], he did get a change of helmets.

"It was more of a concussion helmet, which helped him take hits in the head. The question is going to be in the back of his mind, but you're going to take those hits if you're going to play this game."

The Rams are believed to be highly interested in giving Westbrook a chance to resume his career after he played in only eight games last season -- his fewest in the NFL. He suffered his first concussion Oct. 26, when his helmet hit the knee of London Fletcher in the Eagles' 27-17 victory over the Redskins at FedEx Field.

"The Redskins are bringing him in for a visit, so they have interest, but he still has to weigh his options," Byron Westbrook said. "They already have three great backs here. He doesn't know what our team is going to do right now, and you can't have four great running backs on the team and not know what role you're going to play. You've just got to be patient, see what they say on his visit and go from there."

By Jason Reid  |  May 11, 2010; 1:38 PM ET
Categories:  Jason Reid , Running backs  
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Comments

One concusses guy for another?

Posted by: CheyenneWY | May 11, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

FIRST cut Parker, then sign Westbrook. Never understood the Parker signing to begin with...

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 11, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

trade parker for Brady, and bring back betts......

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 11, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

It will take the rest of the league a little more time until they understand things have changed at Redskins Park, so it's not surprising that Westbrook's agent instinctively schedules a visit to DC whilst he has another team (Rams) on the hook to sign him.

This has been taught in NFL Agent 101 classes since 2000.

You have a FA with a contract offer, you call Snyder to up the ante before you sign with the other team.

Standard Operating Procedure.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | May 11, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I think Westbrook could be good for the Skins though...especially with McNabb here.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | May 11, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Nothing wrong with bringing Westbrook in for a visit. If he's got something left in the tank, he'd certainly be worth a low-level deal. I can see him contributing as a 3rd down back, which I don't see being filled from the current roster.

Posted by: acoberst1 | May 11, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

trade parker for Brady, and bring back betts......

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 11, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Start Brady and use McNabb in the wildcat.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 11, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

trade parker for Brady, and bring back betts......

Posted by: BeantownGreg1

Which Brady, Greg or Bobby?

Posted by: Predator48 | May 11, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Have there been any good soundbited from JC17 in Oakland?

Posted by: CheyenneWY | May 11, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 11, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

From the Bog:

The Redskins Insider archive shows 21 Albert Haynesworth items over the past 40 days.


Give it a rest already.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 11, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

HE ain't signing here....

Book it!

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 11, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing Lil Westbrook's big mouth will not endear him to those runnin' the show.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | May 11, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Red,

Freddie got locked up on a fugitive warrant in December for ignoring order to pay child support and couple weeks ago for assaulting an accountant. Freddie is currently being sued for missing loan payments and may not look kindly towards accountants right now.

Posted by: will_ga | May 11, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

fred=pos

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 11, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I bet that of these four vets (Portis, LJ, Willie, and possibly Brian Westbrook) we'll only have two on the roster by September, with some kid or kids behind them. They're going to sort themselves out over the next few months.

...and I have a theory that Shanny is making it "easier" for the team to cut Portis by bringing in all these "name" veteran RBs. Because cutting Clinton when he's tight with the owner AND still really popular AND one good season away from setting the team's all-time rushing yardage record is going to be a bitter pill to swallow, but a little sugar (in the form of a well-known replacement) will help that medicine go down. Such as.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 11, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

We don't need ANOTHER RB on this team that's one hit in the head away from retirement.

Pass.

Posted by: edvar | May 11, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Sign him and go to the split back offense.

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | May 11, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO B'West!!! Just say no to those Racist Uniforms. You'll always be an Eagle!!! In fact you still should be. BTW - Don't make me laugh with that All-Pro backfield stuff, Ohh.. OK I got ya - 2004 All-Pro Backfield

Posted by: Dog11 | May 11, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't quite understand WHY the Skins are talking to Brian Westbrook after the Willie Parker/LJ shanahananigans, but it feels a lot like watching The Dating Game.

Posted by: dcsween | May 11, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Trade parker for brady, Peter or Wayne.

Posted by: ged0386 | May 11, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

While I am all for Brian Westbrook coming in, can somebody tell me how in the world his brother Byron is still on this roster?
For 3 years I never see him during the regular season, but yet there always seem to be a roster spot for him in the offseason.

Posted by: Predator48 | May 11, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. CPo has to really out-perform to keep a spot here. I still think he can do it. I have no idea if he will, tho... and I do think that one real outburst and he's toast.

Posted by: DikShuttle | May 11, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 11, 2010 2:45 PM

this sounds about right. I've said before that only two of the geezers should make it onto the regular season roster, unless they're a major contributor on special teams. four is simply way too many, although Westbrook might just be a look-see deal... and CP isn't a sacred cow as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 11, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

...and beeps

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 11, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know what's going on with this running back situation? Portis, LJ, Willie Parker, and maybe Westbrook? If it were 2005 I would say we were unbeatable, but it is like we're stuck with a bunch of old luxury cars with faded paint and warped wheels.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | May 11, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Fress off of PFT

Russell, Redskins talk position switch
Posted by Mike Florio on May 11, 2010 2:15 PM ET

Jamarcus Russell, the top overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, is talking to the Washington Redskins about signing with the team to play on the offensive line, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
The 300-pound Russell was released by the Oakland Raiders after a return of only seven wins in 25 starts over three years on an investment of $39 million.
The Redskins believe Russell's big lower body and footwork will help him become an outstandig lineman, according to a source close to the discussions.

Read more here.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | May 11, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The Brady trade: let's not forget about little Cindy!, well heck, Alice might have something there.BW in-WP to the Rams......

Posted by: killerskunk63 | May 11, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

i think they should sign him if he can still help in the return game like he did early in his career

Posted by: nfcBEaST | May 11, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait till Low Throw McBlow starts throwing those wormburners for the 'skins.

Posted by: redskins-r-suckers | May 11, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

You're partially correct, redskins-r... As hopeful as I am for McNab - all I remember is 'skins winning a few games 'cause he'd have streaks where he couldn't hit the side of a barn from 10 yards. However, if you don't consider Mac to be an upgrade from JC17, perhaps you misunderstand the meaning of "suckers".

Re: Westbrook - grab him NOW, but make the contract incentive (games/downs played) heavy to reduce the risk of re-injury. If he wants guaranteed money, I'd have to pass that bad decision on to Al Davis.

Posted by: macouture | May 11, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Can't go wrong with DM! Stags rule!

Posted by: GAU8A | May 11, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Positive here, just a bit shaken with the geriatric approach to team building.

Been there/done that with over the hill gang. I thought Vinny Cerrato left town, WTF?

How about building through young talent over a couple of years. Please? if we continue team building through the back side (ehem) then maybe we should call Fedex field----AARP Stadium. that would be more fitting, no?

Posted by: Peaceful2009 | May 11, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Westbrook is perfect for the Skins. Past his prime and near retirement age.

Posted by: djrhood | May 11, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Name change suggestions:

In deference to Native American sensitivites as well as the nature of our team I hereby propose the following:

Change from FEDEX field to AARP Convalescent Home

Washington Redskins to Washington Goldenyears

or Washington Silverhairs

or Washington Geritols

or Washington Grannies

or Washington Red-diapers

Posted by: Peaceful2009 | May 11, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh for goodness sake....enough of the old guys. I would rather see a young nobody than these tired old retreads.

Posted by: dbeins | May 11, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Two steps forward 11 steps back. Don't do this.

Posted by: oda155 | May 11, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Big name? Check. Past his prime? Check. Luke warm to no interest from other teams? Check. Fails to address the team's bigger needs? Check. Same old, same old? Check.

Posted by: randysbailin | May 11, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

"On Danny boy, the backs the backs are running. It's you it's you, that can't resist the temptation. To be a fool, a fool is all you'll ever be."

Posted by: wp318676 | May 11, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase "The Police"; A hundred million wash-ups, wash up on our shores-o.

Posted by: mstov | May 11, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Not sure that Westbrook should be playing at all given that he had 2 concussions last year.

This has nothing to do with what he has left in his tank or any of that stuff.

Simply put, I don't want to watch a guy getting turned into a vegetable.

Posted by: almelbe | May 11, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

trade parker for Brady, and bring back betts......

Posted by: BeantownGreg1


There ya go! I'd take L. Betts over any of these other RBs. Better yards per carry, older but much more gas in the tank and none of the off the field issues. Simply a better player, a better teammate, and a better person.

Posted by: ant9d | May 11, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Westbrook at the right price would make for interesting 3rd down opportunities. If he can play at the level he has played in the past, I would love the move because Westbrook adds a different dimension. Again, another bargain in an uncapped year. Why not Westbrook?

Running backs take a pounding. Distributing the load over the course of 16 + games makes sense on many levels. A backfield of Portis, Johnson, Parker, and Westbrook sounds intriguing and would be hard to plan for, since each is different. If all are are in peak physical condition and can maintain "fresh legs", and the O-line holds up, maybe this team can go 8-8.

My prediction is that the team will finish 6-10 because the schedule is so difficult and because the team is installing new systems all around. However, 8-8 is not too much of a stretch.

Posted by: dannykurland1 | May 11, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

You people just do not understand Mr. Shanahan! There is a method to the maddness! IMO he should bring in all the available quality players that he can get his hands on! They will weed themselves out! The man wants competition and I think he is getting it! THERE`S A GLEEM MEN,A GLEEM!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | May 11, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

What next, Andy Reid is coach? No, please.

Posted by: kls1 | May 11, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Since 2000, we've added one 90 year old after another. Deion as a shut down CB that could no longer cover; Bruce for the sack record - be4 he went into the HOF as a Bill; Gibbs II for $10 mill per playoff game he coached, that's not a good ROI; Jason T to dance with stars; a 100 yr old unemployed guy that was calling bingo games; McNabb at 56 that Philly thought so much of, they traded to the NFC East; Alvin Harper and James Washington; Fat Albert, already has collected $30+ mill and no pro bowl.

Who is next? John Madden and TO and Marvin Harrison? Or Billy Kilmer's son and John Riggins?

It never ends (the stupidity here) ...

Posted by: kedavis | May 12, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Is there a place to go to get great young players who are not under contract? Why criticize the Skins for bringing in the best available talent regardless of age. Four All Pro running backs should be able to work together to get a productive running attack. Anyone who can not carry their load will be replaced. Next year in the draft we can address the RB spot, or we can go for a FA, or we can stick with what we have for another year. These RB's have proven their ability. Just see if they are still good, we may have dynamite here, or we will have some casualties. If CP or Westbrook get another concussion, you still have proven talent to take pressure off of the QB having to win with non proven receivers. I just wonder why we don't have more options on the OL. If that unit comes together, watch out!

Posted by: 1bmffwb | May 12, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Is there a place to go to get great young players who are not under contract? Why criticize the Skins for bringing in the best available talent regardless of age. Four All Pro running backs should be able to work together to get a productive running attack. Anyone who can not carry their load will be replaced. Next year in the draft we can address the RB spot, or we can go for a FA, or we can stick with what we have for another year. These RB's have proven their ability. Just see if they are still good, we may have dynamite here, or we will have some casualties. If CP or Westbrook get another concussion, you still have proven talent to take pressure off of the QB having to win with non proven receivers. I just wonder why we don't have more options on the OL. If that unit comes together, watch out!

Posted by: 1bmffwb | May 12, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

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