Monday, August 08, 2005

Westbrook practicing

This comes from the Eagles official website www.philadelphiaeagles.com:


August 8, 2005
By CHRIS McPHERSON


Running back Brian Westbrook is in training camp, ending his week-long holdout.
Westbrook had his first practice of training camp on Monday morning. If he did not report to camp by Monday, he would have forfeited a year of accredited service under the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement. If he had lost that year of service, his fourth in the league, he would not have been able to become an unrestricted free agent next season.

Westbrook, who was a restricted free agent in the offseason, held out of the team's post-draft mini-camp in May. He signed his one-year tender offer June 1st and participated in the team's passing camp with hopes of getting a long-term contract.

The Eagles were surprised when he decided not to show up for the start of training camp when the veterans reported last Monday. Team President Joe Banner said last week that while there was a difference in agreement on compensation, he did not think the negotiations had reached a roadblock.

"We would not have felt that they had reached a roadblock," Banner said. "We were certainly at a point where we had a gap in his expectations and our comfort level. Whether or not we would have been able to close that gap, I'm not sure, but we felt that we were in productive contract negations."

2 Comments:

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all of the problems the Eagles are having at WR this year, would it make sense to trade for Ricky Williams, who should be a pretty cheap acquisition considering his talent, and spread Westbrook out wide on a regular basis? An awful lot of my fellow Eagles fans booed when we didn't get Ricky in the draft. Now we have an awfully good opportunity to get him. With all of the distractions the birds have in camp this year, what's one more?

 
At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Ace Pookie said...

i am sorry to insult all the mentally challenged people by comparing them with you, but that is retarded.

 

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