Over the weekend, the Denver Broncos reportedly withdrew from contention in signing free agent Brian Westbrook. Apparently there are some that feel that he may be looking past offers from St. Louis, because he is said to want to play for” a winning team”.
So, before he can qualify his statement, the first sentence that came out of his mouth was “I want to go to … a team that can win”. First and foremost, everyone likes to win, so this is not an out of the blue statement from Westbrook. However, the problem is that it might rule out the Rams, a team that has won 6 games in the past 3 years. If Westbrook wants to go to a winning team, that would rule out the Rams.
However, the other two teams that have shown interest in him are not exactly the Colts or the Patriots. Denver is coming off a season in which they lost their last 6 games to end up 8-8. The Washington Redskins finished 4-12 in 2009.
We shall see what happens with Westbrook, but his first public statement in a long time looks to cut the Rams out of the list, but not completely.
What does this mean for the Redskins? They certainly are not a winning team, after posting a 4-12 record last season, but many in Ashburn would like to believe that they are on the up swing and will hopefully be a contender in the near future. Westbrook does have familiarity with Donovan McNabb, and his brother Byron is a defensive back/special team-er for the Skins. Also, he did grow up in Fort Washington, MD and his high school Alma Mater is DeMatha Catholic High School near college park. This should be the best fit for him. Signing before mini camp, which is slated to begin on Thursday would behoove him. He will most likely get no offers from teams in real contention, and he no longer commands the price he would if this was 3-4 years ago. We will have to wait and see. That has been the same approach Mike Shanahan has taken, but how long will the offer extend?