The San Diego Chargers have parted ways with the 2006 MVP, running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Many people saw this coming, but it is still odd to see teams part ways with players who have been with a team so long, especially when the player still thinks they can play. We all know what it feels like as Brian Dawkins went through something similar last season.
Now, the Eagles will have a similar situation when dealing with Brian Westbrook. After the way they handled the Dawkins situation last year, it’s not hard to believe that they would handle the situation with Westbrook the same way. It’s even easier to believe in a situation involving a running back.
Over the past decade we’ve seen plenty of running backs have incredible seasons and then fall off the map shortly after. LT is just the most recent, and now he is unemployed. There will be teams that are interested in him, but none will offer him the type of money he thinks he’s worth. He’s got tread on the tires, but not the kind he had a few years ago.
This is the exact same scenario that exists with Brian Westbrook currently. He hasn’t proven that he can stay healthy and he hasn’t shown us he has the same explosiveness that he once had. Those factors, along with what he is scheduled to make next season, make it hard to believe that the Eagles will keep him as it stands right now. I’m sure the Eagles would love to keep him for less money, but we’ll have to wait and see if the two can reach a deal.