accepted the free ride on
chartered plane to Boston on Sunday for Game 2 of the NBA Finals, so he must be on pretty good terms with the Eagles' owner these days.
Nevertheless, the superstar running back was not shy yesterday when asked if he deserves a raise in the form of a contract extension.
"I think if you play at a high level, you should be rewarded for that," Westbrook said. "You see guys that are the best players in the league, traditionally they're rewarded for their play. I feel . . . and I'm sure a lot of other players feel like they should be compensated for the things that they do."
The subject, however, did not come up as Westbrook sat with Lurie and teammates Brian Dawkins and Donovan McNabb during the Boston Celtics' victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
"No, we were just there enjoying the game - enjoying the Celtics' victory," Westbrook said.
Westbrook has had his contract issues with the Eagles in the past, but he is not being the least bit confrontational right now. He is scheduled to make $3 million in the third year of a five-year extension he signed in 2005. The Eagles might be willing to work on an extension for Westbrook if he even comes close to duplicating his 2007 season, when he led the NFL with a franchise-record 2,104 yards from scrimmage.
Westbrook, who will turn 29 on Sept. 2, is scheduled to make $3.5 million in 2009 and $4.5 million in 2010.
The additions of rookie receiver DeSean Jackson and second-year running back Lorenzo Booker have Westbrook excited about what the Eagles' offense might look like this season.
"We're just trying to get more speed on the field," Westbrook said. "Give the defense a lot of different things they have to cover, a lot of different things they have to worry about. Lorenzo brings a big-play capability as well to the field. He's very fast, very shifty, has very good hands. We're just trying to put more playmakers on the field at the same time."
Westbrook seemed particularly excited about the idea of having Jackson return punts.
"I think that just shows Coach [Andy] Reid's commitment to correcting things that are wrong," Westbrook said.
"I think last year one of our big mistakes is that we didn't really have a playmaker in the punt-return and return games. I think Reno [Mahe] did a great job of doing what we needed him to do as far as catching the ball, but he's not a playmaker like DeSean will be this year for us. He has speed, he has the ability to make a move, make people miss, and that's what you need."
Westbrook gave a comical response when asked what training camp was like for him. "Not good," he said. "A lot of players say they like training camp, but I don't like training camp at all. I think that training camp is a bit too long. Is Coach Reid listening to this?" . . . Jackson and cornerback
remained sidelined for the third straight practice because of sore hamstrings.