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Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook has been on the road the last few weeks, looking for a job after the Eagles released him in February following a productive eight years. A review of his stats at NFL.com shows that despite never playing a full season, he’s racked up an impressive 5,995 yards and 37 touchdowns. And Westbrook is particularly strong at catching the ball out of the backfield, which means he would be suited to a Denver Broncos offense that prefers short passes–a point that isn’t lost on Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.
That’s why the Broncos flew Westbrook into Denver for an interview yesterday. “We had a great meeting with him,” McDaniels tells The Denver Post. “(Westbrook) isn’t in a hurry. He’s a talented player, but certainly we wanted to do our research, so we got him in here. We had an opportunity to speak with him. He’s a great person, a great football player, and he’s healthy now.”
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Westbrook suffered a concussion-plagued 2009 season, which is believed to be one of the reasons the Eagles released him. As Mile High Report points out, Westbrook had two serious concussions last season, during a time of heightened urgency toward concussion treatment in the NFL (as outlined by 5280’s Robert Sanchez in an August 2009 profile). But, Mile High Report also says that Westbrook did pass a physical with the St. Louis Rams a few weeks ago, and played the final games last season with a new helmet.
Westbrook has also visited with the Washington Redskins, which would reunite him with quarterback Donovan McNabb and pair him with former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who has a knack for getting the best out of running backs.