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Another Aging Running Back To Consider

At this point, any player that is released will become a target of speculation for the Vikings fans… and for pretty good reason.

The “Final Four Plan” (which goes into effect if a Collective Bargaining Agreement is not reached by March 5th) dictates that the Vikings are very limited in what they can do when it comes to signing players that become free agents by having their contract expire on March 5th.

However, they are on equal footing with all other 31 teams when it comes to trying to land players that have been released.  Thus, players that are released are instantly more likely to join the Vikings than any other free agent.

Antonio Peirce and LaDanian Tomlinson have already been speculated upon on this site and now we can add running back Brian Westbrook to that list.

Westbrook has not been released yet because of salary cap restrictions, but will be released on March 5th and the Eagles have granted him permission to speak with other teams prior to that date.

Westbrook was on the Eagles roster during the entire time that Brad Childress was their offensive coordinator and would seemingly be able to be integrated into the Vikings offense quite easily.

In his eight NFL seasons, Westbrook has never played 16 games and tends to be very injury prone.  As is the case with Tomlinson, Westbrook may have to be willing to play second fiddle on his new team which may actually increase his odds of playing an entire season injury free.

To me, Westbrook is the most realistic and intriguing speculation to come about.  I remember Ben Leber once referring to Chester Taylor as a Westbrook-type of player.  So, one has to think that if Taylor is to leave this team that Westbrook himself might be a pretty decent option to consider.

Oh, and in eight seasons Westbrook has only lost nine fumbles.  Just sayin’…

I vote that the Vikings should at least give him a call, but what do you all have to say?


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4 Responses to “Another Aging Running Back To Consider”

  1. Lost Viking says:

    LaMont Jordan would be a step down from CT but would be worth considering. OK, a couple of steps down but has value as a 3rd down back.

    Better as a role player than a feature back. Vike have had a problem pounding it between the tackles in the 4th quarter. Jordan brings the size as a blocking back w/ change of pace inside running. Looking for similar to what Leonard Weaver did for Jet this year

  2. Lost Viking says:

    OK, Leonard is an Eagle. Points for right color?

  3. […] with the LT rumours yesterday, news of Westbrook has got the keyboards of the Vikings faithful clacking away. I’m inclined to agree with Adam Warwas that Westbrook is a better fit for the Vikes than LT. […]

  4. bigjohnny84 says:

    I’d rather go with what we already have in Young and Johnson than get somebody that’s hurt all the time.

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