When we last checked on the Brian Westbrook situation, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora had reported last week the Redskins were still considering the veteran back. We then found out late last week — again via La Canfora — that it was very likely a Westbrook deal would be done within a week.
We’re now happy to report — well, pass along — that coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that Westbrook hasn’t determined where he’ll play, but the Redskins remain a possibility, according to Jason Reid of The Washington Post.
So, really, not much has changed. We’re still expecting some type of Westbrook news soon, with the Broncos, Rams and Redskins as the most likely suitors. The belief is the deal will happen soon so a team can include Westbrook in June minicamps.
Looking at the scenarios, I’ve heard the Redskins, even with Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker, differentiate Westbrook from the trio because of skill set as a receiver. General manager Bruce Allen confirmed those whispers, telling “NFL Total Access” that he already had a role in mind for Westbrook. The opportunity in St. Louis behind Steven Jackson is pretty clear, and Josh McDaniels considers Westbrook a good fit with the Broncos, according to The Denver Post.
NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi passed along a very interesting angle on the topic not too long ago, telling us that D.C. is where Westbrook’s heart is (he is from the area), St. Louis is where the money is and Denver is where he would see the field the most.