As a new NFL season nears, you normally start seeing announcements about sports media outlets signing former players to bolster their football coverage.
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia is apparently bucking that trend. According to former Eagles all-pro Brian Westbrook, he's been removed from the network's "Eagles Postgame Live" program:
Westbrook has been an analyst at CSN Philly since 2013. According to a spokesperson, the network is making changes to their Eagles pre- and postgame shows "in order to bring fresh voices and perspectives," but said the running back hadn't been fired.
"We value our relationship with Brian and offered him another opportunity with the network, which he declined," the spokesperson said. "We wish him the best and hope to work with him again."
Westbrook says CSN Philly offered him a 30 minute show on Thursdays, which the running back declined. No word yet on who else may not be returning to CSN Philly's gameday coverage.
Fans quickly reacted to the news on Twitter early Friday morning:
Westbrook remains a regular football analyst for 97.5 The Fanatic and an analyst for ProFootballTalk on NBCSN.
Last year, Westbrook became a member of the Eagles Hall of Fame. The versatile running back rushed for 6,335 yards and 41 touchdowns during his nine-year career. He was also a threat out of the backfield, catching 442 passes for 3,940 yards and 30 touchdowns. Westbrook is one of only a handful of players in NFL history to record at least 25 rushing touchdowns and 25 receiving touchdowns.