Westbrook said his agent, Todd France, has received inquiries from three or four teams.
“My agent has talked to a few teams, even as early as yesterday, about playing next year with them,” Westbrook said.
“I am excited about the opportunity to be in free agency. Of course it is a downer, because I’m not going to be in Philadelphia. But to have the opportunity to play football again is exciting for me.”
The two-time Pro Bowl running back hadn’t heard anything about being released until Tuesday, when he received the phone call from head coach Andy Reid.
“I was surprised to hear from them, but also surprised by his news. I had anticipated a phone call saying we would like you to take a pay cut or let’s restructure your contract, but when he came with bad news it was definitely a surprise,” Westbrook said.
Asked if he would have considered taking a pay cut, Westbrook, who would have been due $7.25 million next season, said: “It think that was probably a possibility. At this point, it’s a moot point. I’m not sure, to be honest with you.
“Its just the fact that you don’t wanna be released. I have spent a long time in Philadelphia, since 97′ you know I started in college and had eight years with the Eagles. So you have some type of uncertainty going into the future. I was surprised by the news but at the same time it is part of the business.”
Westbrook was limited to only eight games this season because of knee and ankle injuries and two concussions.
“I spent the whole 2009 season rehabbing. I had surgery on my knee in February. I had surgery on my ankle in June. Then my doggone concussions,” Westbrook explained.
“There was no when I was completely caught up to everyone else last season. That was the tough part, that is what a lot of people don’t understand. I tried to go out on the field and compete at a high level and help this team win some games.”
After 5,995 rushing yards and 66 touchdowns in his eight years, Westbrook has no regrets about his time in Philadelphia.
“I will never look back over my shoulder. There is no doubt in my mind that every opportunity that I had to play or step on that football field in between those lines I gave everything I have. I’ve played through injury, played through pain, all of that to try to help this team win a Super Bowl”
“Of course the ultimate goal for any player is to win a Super Bowl. Unfortunately I was not able to achieve that, but at the same time I achieved so many different things throughout my career and I did so many things that people said I was not going to be able to do. I am definitely satisfied with the things I did in Philadelphia.”