Westbrook Unhappy, Switches Agents

Thursday, July 17, 2008 ·

In hopes of getting a new contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, running back Brian Westbrook fired Fletcher Smith as manager. Smith was also the manager of quarterback Donovan McNabb.

It is unsure who Westbrook will hire but it is definitely not going to be Lamont Smith and Peter Schaffer, who have been let go by Eagles corner back Lito Sheppard. Sheppard, in turn, hired Drew Rosenhaus. I hope he doesn't pull a T.O. because it would be stupid.

Both players are unhappy with their contracts but Westbrook is the only one out playing his. Westbrook is now considered one of the elite backs in the NFL and he should be getting a contract comparable to players like Ladanian Tomlinson, Clinton Portis, Stephen Jackson and a few others. He is made $6,000,000 last year.

Salaries at the jump:

2007 SALARIES (TOTAL of BASE, SIGNING BONUS, & OTHER)
Tomlinson - $12,400,000
Portis - $4,500,000
Adrian Peterson - $3,000,000
Jackson - $2,050,000
Edgerin James - $5,250,840
Joseph Addai - $500,000
Willie Parker - $3,750,000

The salaries show that Westbrook has made the 2nd most in the NFL among backs but he
he is making half of Tomlinson's salary. After Westbrook posted numbers almost as good as Tomlinson, he should be receiving a deal close to $10,000,000 a year.

Portis and Addai should probably be looking at a raise too but this isn't the Colts or Redskins. This is the Philadelphia Eagles, a team known for shafting it's best players (i.e. Terrell Owens). Westbrook is next.

And Westbrook isn't happy:

"I think if you play at a high level, you should be rewarded for that,” Westbrook said during last month’s organized team activities. “You see guys that are the best players in the league, traditionally they're rewarded for their play. I feel, as a player, and I'm sure a lot of other players feel like they should be compensated for the things that they do, and of course I feel the same way.”



We shall see what this organization does with him.

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