Balzer: Agents Used Rams For Deals

Brian Westbrook (AP Photo)

Only the names changed, but for the second time in three weeks, agents used ESPN and the St. Louis Rams as foils to facilitate deals for their clients.

The latest was a report over the weekend claiming former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook would sign a contract with the Rams today.

Since being released by the Eagles in March, Westbrook has flirted with the Rams, Redskins and Broncos, but obviously was never offered a contract or a situation he liked.

With training camps winding down, it was time for Westbrook to find a home, and it was clear all along the Rams would only be the landing spot if nothing better materialized. It's no surprise that something better came along once the Rams' reports got traction.

Westbrook signed a one-year deal with San Francisco, just three days after the surprising retirement of Glen Coffee.

It's virtually a carbon copy of what transpired over the weekend of July 24 when ESPN reported that wide receiver Terrell Owens was involved in serious negotiations with the Rams and that a deal was expected within 24 or 48 hours.

As it turned out, Owens did sign within two days, but his new team turned out to be the Cincinnati Bengals.

NFL Network reported that Westbrook accepted a contract for less than the Rams offered. His one-year deal with the 49ers is reportedly worth $1.25 million with the possibility he could earn $2.5 million.

Howard Balzer is the Editor/writer for GridIronGateway Magazine. For subscription information visit (reduced online rate of $39.95) or call 888-501-5752. You can also follow him on Twitter at Recommended Stories

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