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Would Brian Westbrook Take a Pay Cut to Stay in Philadelphia?

Although there were uncertainties a while back, it looks like Brian Westbrook has decided that he will play football again next year. The whole question was developed after Westbrook sustained two concussions this season and admitted openly that he was scared about his future. Many former players have had serious problems down the line from head injuries they suffered during their playing careers.

It’s great to hear that Brian Westbrook thinks he can still play football. The only problem is going to be whether or not he’ll play in Philadelphia again. He has been a staple in the Eagles offense for many years now, but the fact of the matter is that he’s not the same anymore. I don’t think he has the explosiveness he once had and we all know about the many injury problems.

He’s due to make over $7 million, which is quite a lot of money for someone with so many questions. LeSean McCoy was brought in to be the heir and showed us all he has talent. There’s definitely room for improvement, but overall I think he had a very nice rookie season. McCoy will get his fair share of touches next year, which means even if Westbrook does play, he’s not going to see the workload he once saw (that doesn’t even factor in Leonard Weaver). All that being said, it’s hard to pay someone with a role like that $7 million.

So would Westbrook take a pay cut? He has been in Philadelphia a long time now. He spent his college career in Philadelphia as well. I don’t think there is much of the chance of the Eagles paying him that much money next year. The question is will he stay or will he go?

What do you think?

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4 Responses to “Would Brian Westbrook Take a Pay Cut to Stay in Philadelphia?”

  1. Bentley says:

    I think Brain Westbrook still has it yes he has had a off year last year that’s ok every player has those times were they doudt there self and there talent. I think the guy is staying he is gunna get back on that win horse and ride with it we need westbrook and philly offense knows that I dont think he is gunna take a pay cut he is going to have a outbreak year this year beleave me the guy still has it in him

    • Mike Burke says:

      Everyone loves to hope that he’s going to have a great season, but the fact of the matter is there are no guarantees. I’ve always been a huge Brian Westbrook supporter but I can understand the situation. There is a lot of money at stake here. I’d like to see the two find a middle ground and work something out. I don’t know what he thinks he can get elsewhere but nobody knows him better than the Eagles and if they don’t keep him, other teams will be skeptical.

  2. Mark says:

    Brian Westbrook is a class act and always has been. It would be my wish that he stays with the Eagles, even in a lesser role, and humbly take a pay cut if necessary. He has much to offer the organization and the younger players. Head injuries are VERY serious business and this would be an opportune time to begin making the transition to coaching. Think about it… Brian Westbrook, arguably one of the most versatile productive running back in the NFL as a running back coach for teh Eagles?… no brainer!

    • Mike Burke says:

      I definitely agree with you here Mark. There’s definitely a ton of football players out there who don’t got a whole lot going on upstairs. However, Brian Westbrook isn’t one of them. He is a very smart and humble individual and that is why I’d like to see the two sides work something out so that he can remain with the Eagles organization for a long, long time.

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