PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 28: Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys on December 28, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
It has been announced today by team officials that the Eagles will part ways with the running back, who was due a base salary of $7.125 million next season. Westbrook's career has been consistently maligned by injury--knee and ankle issues, mostly--and last season he struggled with two concussions.
Philadelphia spent their second round pick in the 2009 draft on Pittsburgh running back LeSean McCoy, whose 606 yards rushing set a franchise record for a rookie. For reasons of health, salary, and certainly the emergence of McCoy, the team decided that it was time to part ways with the runner.
This isn't to say the decision was easy; Westbrook is widely regarded as one of the most versatile of our time and will go down as one of the all-time fan-favorites in Philly.