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RB Brian Westbrook

On whether he is counting the days till he turns 30 years old and gets that third morning off: "Yeah. Those guys got a little…Coach Reid threw them a bone a little bit so I'm definitely counting down to that."

On whether he did any of the contact in practice today: "I did most of the practice; I just didn't do as many plays as I usually do."

* On whether the fights in practice today and the high intensity is a needed aspect of training camp:*
"It's a physical game, so guys let their tempers show a little bit out there but you don't need it to be a good football team. But if you have it you definitely…you just see guys tempers flaring, it's a little bit warmer today than it has been, and guys getting after each other."

On whether there has been progress with his contract: "Not yet, no."

* On whether his agent and the front office have talked:*
"Yeah, they've talked."

On how long it might be until the situation is worked out: "No, like I said, I'm trying to give my agent an opportunity to talk to [president] Joe [Banner] and try to work things out, and hopefully that happens soon."

On how optimistic he is: "I'm optimistic. I'm here. If I wasn't optimistic I wouldn't have come. I'm optimistic that things will get worked out and hopefully they will."

On the complexity of his contract and the rules of the league: "I've been a part of it for the last seven or eight months, I've followed it all. There are different rules that you have to abide by, and I think that they can abide by those rules and get the contract done."

On whether or not the contract is a major obstacle: "It's an obstacle of course, but I think that we're working together with them and I feel that they can get it done."

* On whether he is hopeful that the contract gets taken care of before the season:*
"Yeah, that's what I'm counting on."

On whether he has a deadline:"I don't have a deadline right now. Like I said, I want those guys to be able to work through something and hopefully it happens some time soon."**

On whether he will play in a preseason game without a new deal:**

"I haven't really thought about that too much. I think that's one of those things that you have to cross that bridge when you get there."

* On his process of hiring an agent:*
"When I hired the agent I was looking for a guy that I knew was going to work hard for me, a guy that was going to go in every day and be as aggressive in his job as I am on the field. That's what I wanted him to do, and I finally got Todd France who can do that."

On whether he is getting feedback from his agent: "They are working, they are talking on the numbers and trying to find somewhere that we can both can be comfortable at and work with the numbers. It's a different situation that we have as far as the 30 percent rule, with the Deion rule, and all the other rules going into it."

* On previously comparing his production later in his career to that of wide receivers later in their career:*
"I think that because I do catch the ball that I'm comparable to some of those guys. But you have to look at impact players, guys that have been able to get it done not only as running backs but as receivers as well. There are guys that have played a long time at running back in the NFL: Marcus Allen, Jerome Bettis, Warrick Dunn played 10 or 11 years, Fred Taylor has been getting it done, he had his first Pro Bowl this year. Those guys have played for a long time and they've been able to get it done and play at a high level as well. So it's not just receivers, it's running backs as well. Like I said it's about production, if you can produce then that's what the team's looking for."

* On how many more productive years he has left in him:*
"Hopefully a lot, you never know how things go, injuries, retirement, whatever. Hopefully I can play four or five more years. It just depends on how things go."

* On how RB Lorenzo Booker's presence on the team is going to affect the way that the Eagles use him:*
"I think that they are going to use Lorenzo in a big way. From everything that I've seen he's a talented guy. He had a long run today that 11 people missed, and he scored a touchdown. He's a talented guy and as his teammate, you want to have the best 11 players on the field at a time. I'm happy to have him as a teammate."

* On how Booker's performance has been so far compared to his expectations after the Eagles traded for him in the draft:*
"I didn't really have any expectations. I really didn't know too much about him. I saw a little bit of him in college but he's done everything they've asked him to do. He catches the ball well out of the backfield, he runs the ball well, he's fast, he's quick, and so that's what they brought him in here to do."

* On whether he's looking to be the top paid running back in the league:*
"I want to be compensated like I'm one of the best running backs in the NFL."

* On whether the team can be better with Booker's contributions:*
"I think it's going to make the defense's send more players on the field. Anytime that you can get more athletes on the field than the defense has, it's going to give the offense an advantage, and having him on the field will definitely give us an advantage."

* On whether he could get less effective if he gets less touches:*
"I don't think you get less effective. You just don't have the ball as much, so you try be as effective as you were before, but you're probably just not going to touch it as much. It still remains to be seen how Andy Reid is going to use us all in the offense this year, and you never know what can happen."

* On whether he is looking for a contract extension to get more money in the final three years of his current deal:*
"No. I think it's been talked about a lot of different ways between Joe [Banner] and Todd, my agent. There are a lot of different scenarios they have to go through to try and get the deal done. There's really no one perfect answer that I can give you right now as far as an extension or just do it over the next three years of my contract. They are just trying to get it to a place where they can make the numbers work, and right now they haven't found that place yet."

* On whether the league rules will allow him to get to the numbers that he wants*
: "That's what they are going through now, trying to make sure that they can do that. That's part of the process, trying to find out if they can get to the numbers that we're looking for, that a top running back in the NFL should be paid working with the rules."

* On what will happen if they can't get to that number*
: "We're going to have to cross that bridge if we get there."

* On whether he is open to an extension:*
"I want the thing to work out. I want to get the most money that I can in the amount of years that I can. I'm not opposed to an extension. I'm not opposed to just playing the three years out. I just want to be able to be compensated like one of the top running backs in the NFL."

* On what will happen if the team says that they can't get to his number based on the rules:*
"I think that's one of those bridges that you have to cross when you get there. I'm not sure what's going to happen, I'm not sure what we can get to with the rules. But hopefully we can get to the number that we're both looking at and what's within the rules as well."

On whether he has talked to G Shawn Andrews: "I've talked to Shawn. Shawn's a great player, and just like I was saying before, you want to get the 11 best players on the field at one time to be the best team that you can be. I think that we definitely need him here. He's a great player, he's a great guy, he's a Pro Bowler. For us to miss him, we're going to miss a lot, and I'm hoping he gets back home."

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