No fear of Westbrook to Skins

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When Donovan McNabb was traded to the Washington Redskins I was pretty clear about how I saw him as a player. I don't think he's "lost" anything in the last 5 years. He's not the runner he was when he came into the league, but he hasn't been a runner since probably before the Superbowl year. He's still a legit starting QB in this league and as much as people talk about his age, he's really not that old for a QB.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same about Brian Westbrook. I honestly don't think he anything left. Here is a running back, a position with arguably the shortest lifespan in the NFL, on the wrong side of 30 and a long list of injuries. Much has been made of the two concussions he suffered last year, but I don't even think they're the biggest issue. I'd be much more worried about his chronic knee and persistent ankle injuries. How many years has it been that Westbrook has been able to even participate in a practice during the season? At 31 years old does anyone actually think he's going to get healthy enough to play a full, effective season?

For what it's worth, Redskins fans don't seem too excited about the possibility of Westbrook joining their team either.

Last year I saw no burst, nothing close to the stop/start ability he once had, and unfortunately I didn't really see much confidence either. Brian Westbrook will always be one of my favorite Eagles and through his career he's been a consummate pro and a great overachiever having not even come from a major college football program... I actually would very much like to see him play again and end his career on his own terms, but if he goes to the Skins I can't say that I'll be scared. 

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