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Eagles RB Westbrook ends holdout, inks tender

PHILADELPHIA (June 1, 2005) -- Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook signed a one-year contract to remain with the Philadelphia Eagles through next season.

The versatile Westbrook is coming off a breakout season in which he led the team with 1,515 total yards and was tops among NFL running backs with 73 catches for 703 yards and six touchdowns, despite sitting out the last two regular-season games.

Westbrook was a key component of the Eagles' trip to the Super Bowl and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in the Eagles' 24-21 loss to the Patriots.

He has been seeking a long-term contract but had until June 15 to sign a restricted-free-agent tender or risk having it reduced.

The Eagles were opening a three-day passing camp and Westbrook was expected to participate.

Westbrook played sparingly as a rookie in 2002, but in 2003 showed he was a dynamic return man and the most explosive member of the three-pronged rushing attack along with Duce Staley and Correll Buckhalter. Westbrook became a full-time starter last season after Staley left for free agency and Buckhalter suffered a season-ending knee injury.

In his three-year career, Westbrook has rushed for 1,618 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 119 passes for 1,121 yards and 10 scores.

The Eagles still are without wide receiver Terrell Owens, who is skipping minicamps over a contract dispute, and defensive tackle Corey Simon, who has yet to sign his one-year franchise tender.

The Associated Press News Service

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