Shanahan: Redskins have made contract offer to Westbrook
As the football world waits for free agent running back Brian Westbrook to choose a new team, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan confirmed this afternoon that the team has made a formal offer to the two-time Pro Bowler.
“We want him to sign with us,” Shanahan said. “There would be some great competition. I really like Brian, what he’s done, how he’s handled himself.”
Shanahan this afternoon reiterated to reporters his pitch to Westbrook—a D.C. native—and jokingly asked for help.
“He’s not too far away from home,” he said. “Any more I can do?”
Reminded that Westbrook’s younger brother, Byron, is a cornerback for the Redskins, Shanahan laughed and said: “I’ve played that card already.”
Westbrook, who turns 31 in September, has visited St. Louis and Denver in addition to last month’s trip to Redskins Park. The severe concussion he suffered last season, as well as lingering leg injuries, have many league observers wondering if he can still be an impact player
Quarterback Donovan McNabb, a longtime friend of Westbrook from their eight seasons together with the Philadelphia Eagles, gave the impression that he’s not leading Washington’s recruiting effort.
“I just want the guy to have an opportunity to be able to continue on what he started and be able to prove the critics wrong that he still can play,” McNabb said. “If it’s here or anywhere else, that’s his decision, and the people upstairs [in the Redskins’ front office].”