Monday, August 01, 2005

Westbrook surprise

Eagles beat writer Bob Brookover is reporting that running back Brian Westbrook is a training-camp hold out.

As everyone was waiting for Terrell Owens to arrive, it was Westbrook making a statement about his contract situation.

After missing the voluntary minicamp in May, Westbrook signed a one-year tender offer for $1.43 million for the 2005 season, but a team source said that Westbrook was unhappy with the way negotiations for a new long-term deal have gone.

Westbrook is subject to a $6,000 fine for each day he misses training camp.

Fletcher Smith, Westbrook's agent, said yesterday that there was still a lot of work to be done on a contract extension for his client.

"It's no secret that it has been a tough market for running back this year," Smith said.

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