Thursday, June 3, 2010
Shanahan's recruiting Westbrook
By Dan Graziano
It's no secret that Mike Shanahan likes to surround himself with veterans, but he's taken it to another level at running back. Once he assembled the aging all-star rotation of Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker this offseason, most of us thought he'd let it ride. But on Wednesday, Shanahan made it known that former Eagles star Brian Westbrook is still on his wish list:
"We want him to sign with us," said Shanahan. "Like I said, it could be some great competition. I really like Brian, what he's done and how he's handled himself. I'm sure he's weighing some options. It's not too far away from home. Any more I can do?"
For the record, quarterback Donovan McNabb was quick to remind us that he doesn't make personnel decisions. But you know that McNabb has endorsed his longtime pal and teammate in Westbrook. I'm sure at this point that Westbrook's looking at the Redskins' roster and wondering where he'd fit in.
It's highly unlikely the Redskins would keep all four veteran running backs heading into the season. Even without Westbrook in the fold, it seems like overkill. I'm thinking Willie Parker would be the first man overboard. Johnson could be your short-yardage back and Westbrook helps you in the passing game on third down. Portis should remain the starter.
So where do you guys think this is headed? Will Shanahan get his man?