Westbrook to San Fran, not St. Louis

By Aaron Kirn
PHILADELPHIA - 2009:  Brian Westbrook of the Philadelphia Eagles poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by NFL Photos)

Veteran running back, Brian Westbrook is officially a San Francisco 49er, not a St. Louis Ram. Westbrook signed a one-year deal with the team on Monday.

The 30-year-old RB passed a physical earlier this summer for the Rams, and it was reported on Saturday the Rams were close to signing the veteran.  St. Louis quickly squashed those comments saying a deal with Westbrook was not imminent.

It was Kevin Demoff, vice president of football operations, who said before Saturday night’s preseason opener that he had not spoken to Westbrook’s agent for several days.

St. Louis was still optimistic about landing the running back to lighten the load on Steven Jackson’s shoulders this season.  Check out, Westbrook to make decision on Monday for more on what would have been.

The Rams will now have to rely on young RBs Kenneth Darby and Chris Ogbonnaya to back-up Jackson.  Earlier in the week, Jackson voiced his opinion regarding young running backs.

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