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Brian Westbrook Expected to Make Decision This Week

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Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Dispatch reports that former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook is expected to join a team at some point this week.  Westbrook has visited the Rams, Redskins, and Broncos so far this offseason.

Of the three teams, the Broncos seem to make the most sense for the 30 year old running back.  The Redskins' backfield is already extremely crowded with the likes of Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker, but he could reunite with former teammate Donovan McNabb.

 In St. Louis, Westbrook would likely have his most prominent role as Steven Jackson's backup in an offense which he is very familiar.  But, St. Louis is fresh off of arguably its worst season in franchise history, and may not be the right place for a "ring chaser" like Westbrook who is hoping to end his career on a high note.

To me--and no, I'm not just saying this--Westbrook to Denver makes the most sense.  His style is tailor-made to Josh McDaniels' offense, one that is perfect for a back with Westbrook's repertoire.

Westbrook is a huge asset in the passing game, and though he has had several injury issues in recent seasons (and has never finished a full season in his NFL career), he is undoubtedly one of the game's most feared runners when healthy.

Josh McDaniels knows that, and he also knows that in a limited capacity, Westbrook can be extremely effective.  We all know it only takes one play to take a guy out of a game, maybe even the season, but Westbrook is worth the risk.  Should the Broncos choose to carry five running backs, Westbrook's arrival could diminish Toney Baker's chances of making the roster, but the Broncos can find other ways to keep him around similar to Chris Baker last year.

Westbrook would be a welcome addition to Denver, and former Eagles Brian Dawkins and Correll Buckhalter are likely doing some heavy recruiting to get the former Pro Bowler into Denver for the 2010 season.  Adding Westbrook to the mix of Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter, and J.J. Arrington would give the Broncos a potentially very potent group of backs, with a good combination of speed, power, and skills in the passing game.

Provided he can stay healthy, Westbrook would likely be a situational player for the Broncos, coming in as a change of pace back, providing quality injury insurance, and seeing a lot of action on passing downs.