Former Eagles star Westbrook in picture for Broncos |

Former Eagles star Westbrook in picture for Broncos

Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado
John Leyba/The Denver PostPhiladelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook (36) gets to the outside for a big gain in the first quarter Sunday, December 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Forget Patriots West.

The Broncos could be on their way to becoming Eagles West.

Denver will host veteran running back Brian Westbrook for a visit at Dove Valley today, according to two NFL sources.

If Westbrook and the Broncos were to agree on a contract, he would be reunited with two former Philadelphia teammates, running back Correll Buckhalter and safety Brian Dawkins.

Westbrook, 30, played the first eight years of his career in Philadelphia but was released at the end of last season. He played in only eight games in 2009 after suffering a serious concussion in late October and another late in the season. He had only 274 yards rushing, his lowest total since his rookie year in 2002, but averaged 4.5 yards per carry.

Westbrook also has visited the St. Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins in his search for a new team.

The Broncos already have three experienced running backs under contract – 2009 first-round draft pick Knowshon Moreno, Buckhalter and free-agent signee J.J. Arrington, a former Arizona Cardinal who missed 2009 while recovering from knee surgery.

Moreno figures to be the starter in 2010, though the Broncos likely will continue to split carries among at least two backs. The Broncos had four running backs on their active roster in 2009, including Peyton Hillis, who also played fullback and on special- teams units.

Coach Josh McDaniels has said he expects Arrington to be among the team’s kickoff returners.


Former Broncos running back Floyd Little has selected his son, Marc, to be his presenter at the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio, in August. Little is the third Bronco elected to the Hall of Fame, and the second to be presented by his child. Quarterback John Elway was presented by his daughter Jessica in 2004.

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