Hey, just because we’re several months away from the start of the 2010 NFL season, doesn’t mean we can’t do a little football talk, right?
The last 72 hours have been pretty significant in terms of major transactions. The most startling one came from Philadelphia, where the Eagles parted ways with eight-year veteran RB Brian Westbrook. Westbrook, 30, was a tantalizing but oft-injured talent that, for years, was one of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL.
A former All-Pro, Westbrook led the league in yards from scrimmage in 2007 with 2,104. He rushed for 1,333 yards and accounted for 12 touchdowns that season.
Where this leaves the Eagles? Well, they drafted ex-Pitt standout LeSean McCoy last year and he emerged as a quality back that could easily handle the load Westbrook used to carry. Still, you have to wonder if the move will affect NFL futures betting for Super Bowl XLV (currently available now at the Sports Interaction online sportsbook). The Eagles are currently listed at 16/1 and will likely still boast an explosive offense led by QB Donovan McNabb and breakout WR sensation DeSean Jackson. But will Philly be able to run the ball? While Westbrook wasn’t a traditional between-the-tackles runner, he did provide the Eagles with a vaunted weapon that had to be accounted for at all times. Nobody’s sure if McCoy can do the same.
Meanwhile, over in San Diego, Chargers fans are still getting used to life without LDT. It’s going to be very strange seeing Tomlinson ply his trade elsewhere next season — over nine seasons with the Chargers, he set a remarkable 28 franchise rushing records and went to five Pro Bowls and captured the 2006 NFL MVP trophy.
Currently, the Chargers are right at the top when it comes to football betting on Super Bowl XLV. At 9/1, San Diego is only behind the defending Super Bowl Champs from New Orleans (8/1) and the defending AFC Champs from Indianapolis (7/1). How the Chargers plan to adjust to life without LDT remains unclear — it’s believed that San Diego won’t use the franchise tag on Darren Sproles again this season, meaning they could go into 2010 without its top two runners from a year ago and instead try to get a RB via the draft.
Sproles rushed for 343 yards in 2009, and he churned up 497 yards receiving. He returned 54 kickoffs for 24.1-yard average and 26 punts for a 7.0-yard average. He generated eight total touchdowns — that versatility and depth of production will be very hard to replace.
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