Your Black World: Brian Westbrook’s Fat New Deal

August 9, 2008

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brian Westbrook and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a new contract Friday, prompting Westbrook to say he’ll finish his career with the Eagles as the team opened its preseason schedule against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The deal is worth $21 million over three years, including $13 million guaranteed the next two seasons, a person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press.

The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the negotiations were confidential, said the contract could be worth up to $24 million if Westbrook meets certain escalators. The deal also includes three additional years through 2013 at $10 million per season, but those are strictly for structural reasons.

“I wanted to try to get this thing behind me so I could focus more on the season,” Westbrook said at halftime. “I’m glad that (Eagles president) Joe (Banner) worked with my agent very well and they were able to get thing accomplished.

Westbrook, who turns 29 next month, was in the third year of a five-year, $25 million contract he signed in 2005. He was scheduled to earn $3 million this season with a roster bonus of $1.5 million.

Westbrook said he plans to remain with the Eagles for the rest of his career.

The two-time Pro Bowl running back had said 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.”

 

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