Steve Wyche of NFL.com and the NFL Network is in the Pro Bowl and spoke with Donovan McNabb following the NFC's practice on Wednesday and McNabb said that he expects running back Brian Westbrook and fellow quarterback Michael Vick to return to the team next season.
"He looks forward to getting back," McNabb said regarding Westbrook. "All the talk people are saying on retirement or whatever it may be, it's all false."
Westbrook missed eight games in 2009 and seven of them were due to a pair of concussions that he suffered during the season. The second-leading rusher in Eagles history, Westbrook is 549 yards from setting the all-time franchise record. The 30-year-old Westbrook is signed through the 2010 season, but there has been speculation that he could consider retirement after this past season.
As for Vick, Wyche's teammate, Jason La Canfora, reports that there are many suitors for Vick's services. The Eagles have a team option for the 2010 season. When asked whether he thought Vick would return, McNabb replied, "Yes."
In regards to his own future, McNabb is signed though the 2010 season as well. Head coach Andy Reid has stated that McNabb would be his quarterback next year. However, that has not stopped the rumor mill from pondering what teams could be interested in acquiring the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback.
"I believe in starting somewhere and finishing what you started and my goal is to win a Super Bowl, bring it back to Philadelphia because I think they deserve it," McNabb said. "We've given them some great years but we just haven't been able to finish and I think good things are to happen pretty soon."
As of now, all three quarterbacks on the Eagles roster are signed through the 2010 season.
"I think we shouldn't really focus on that," McNabb said. "I love playing the game and that's what it comes down to and I am under contract for a year. So we don't know what's going to happen in 2011. We just don't know and if I have to come back and play, hey that's great. I would love to because I love this team. I love being around these guys and competing and I think that things can happen for us."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:55 p.m., January 27