Westbrook's Deal Officially "Superseded"
Posted by Sam
As I had explained in May, the announced structure of Brian Westbrook's extension from last year was a bit of a ruse. It was initially set up to run through 2013, but the last three years of the deal were pretend. The Eagles used a concept which was new (at least to me) called superseding, which gives them the right to tear up the old deal and replace it with a new one (whose terms were also set as part of the original deal) at a predetermined point. That point was apparently some time in the last week.
This is as much of an administrative detail as much as anything, but there are two things Eagle fans should be aware of that result from it:
1) Westbrook's deal now only runs through 2010. If you look at the NFL Player's Association website (login required), it will only show base salaries running that far.
2) Westbrook's cap hit for this year just went up by over $5 million to about $11.9 million, which includes $1.85 million in "new" salary and $3.25 million in signing bonus prorations that had originally counted against 2011-2013, but as a result of the elimination of those years now count against 2009.