Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Rams GM: Westbrook to 'think it over'
ESPN.com news services
Free agent running back Brian Westbrook passed his physical with the Rams on Saturday and is now mulling whether he wants to play in St. Louis for the 2010 season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting.
"He wanted to go back [home] and think it over," Rams general manager Billy Devaney told the newspaper. "We're just taking it one step at a time right now."
The 30-year-old Westbrook was released by the Eagles in February after an injury-plagued 2009 season.
After his release, Westbrook said he hoped to play football in 2010.
"My plan is not to retire," Westbrook told Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic the day after his release by the Eagles. "My plan is to continue to play football."
Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo was noncommittal about Westbrook's visit during the third day of the NFL draft, saying it was "way, way early." The Rams did not pick a running back, although they need a backup behind Pro Bowler Steven Jackson.
Jackson rushed for a career-best 1,416 yards last season, good for second in the NFL behind the Tennessee Titans' Chris Johnson, who had 2,006 yards.
Westbrook led the NFL with 2,104 yards from scrimmage in 2007, but missed eight games last year with a pair of concussions and an ankle injury while scoring only two touchdowns.
Westbrook, a third-round pick out of Villanova in the 2002 draft, is Philadelphia's career leader in yards from scrimmage (9,785). He also ranks second in yards rushing (5,995) behind Wilbert Montgomery and third in receptions (426) behind Harold Carmichael and Pete Retzlaff.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.