The Air Up There

By Bob Grotz
Updated: June 13, 2010

MARLTON, N.J. — Brian Westbrook kept himself in the background Saturday, the former Eagles running back shying away from queries about reuniting with quarterback Donovan McNabb on the Washington Redskins.

Westbrook preferred the day belong to McNabb and his annual kids football clinic, the first held at the Memorial Sports Complex.

“We’re still working our way through the process now,” eight-year veteran Westbrook said. “Really there’s no clear-cut favorite. But I want to go to a good football team, a team that can win. And I do know Washington does have a very good program. And some of these other teams I’m interested in, as well.”

The Redskins offered a contract to Westbrook, who also has paid prospective visits to the Denver Broncos and the St. Louis Rams.

The Redskins have three veteran running backs including Clinton Portis, who flew here from Miami to help at McNabb’s camp.

McNabb obviously has pitched Westbrook to management.

“Would I like him to come join us? I would love that,” McNabb said. “But I know this game and how it goes. And we have three running backs who can run the ball.”

Westbrook’s history of concussions and knee injuries, plus his limited ability to play special teams are working against him.

Typically the third running back activated for games has an extensive on special teams, not just returning kicks.

An NFL source said that unless Westbrook signed an injury waiver, he would be better off looking for a job after the season started.

If a vested veteran such as Westbrook is on the 53-man roster the first weekend of the 2010 season, his salary would be guaranteed.

If a team inked Westbrook after the first weekend, he would receive a game check for each week he’s on the roster.

Unless Westbrook is determined to put himself through a grueling training camp, that’s another story for another day. Saturday was a time for him to catch up with McNabb and other teammates, including Jamaal Jackson and Todd Herremans, among others.

“We’ve been here for a long time,” Westbrook said. “We’ve had great times. We’ve won a lot of football games. Throughout that time we’ve felt a rapport with the fans, the kids and everybody who supported us. And now we feel it’s a time to give back.”