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News » Eagles, Westbrook agree on terms of new deal 2008-08-08


Eagles, Westbrook agree on terms of new deal 2008-08-08


Eagles, Westbrook agree on terms of new deal 2008-08-08
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Brian Westbrook and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a new contract on Friday, hours before the team opened its preseason schedule against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Terms of the deal were not announced and the Eagles did not immediately make Westbrook available for comment.

The two-time Pro Bowl running back said early in training camp that he wanted to restructure his contract because he felt underpaid. Westbrook made it clear he wanted to be compensated like one of the best running backs in the NFL.

That's just how coach Andy Reid described his all-purpose back in a statement announcing the new contract.

"As I've said many times, I believe Brian Westbrook is the best running back in football," Reid said. "He can do it all from that position, whether it's running, catching the football or blocking."

The 28-year-old Westbrook was in the third year of a $25 million, five-year contract he signed in 2005. He was scheduled to earn $3 million this season with a roster bonus of $1.5 million.

Westbrook led the NFL with a franchise-record 2,104 total yards from scrimmage last season. He became the first Eagles player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons since Duce Staley in 1998-99, and led all NFL running backs with a team-record 90 receptions.

Westbrook has 6,768 yards from scrimmage since becoming a full-time starter in 2004, second to only LaDainian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers in that time. Westbrook is the only active player with more than 20 touchdowns both rushing and receiving (27 rushing, 23 receiving).

Westbrook is also the NFL's leading running back in receptions (338), receiving yards (3,121) and touchdown catches since 2003.

Westbrook was named All-Pro last season by The Associated Press.



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Added: August 8, 2008

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