As rookies and select vets report to Lehigh this afternoon, we still don't know if Brian Westbrook will show up with the remaining vets on Thursday, but we do know he seems close to hiring agent J.R. Rickert, who represents fellow Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter. A source close to the situation said Westbrook is expected to make an announcement today or tomorrow.
Rickert is affiliated with Peter Schaffer and Lamont Smith, the agents Lito Sheppard fired last week in favor of Drew Rosenhaus. Rickert is based is Niskayuna, N.Y., though, and the Schaffer group is based in Colorado. Rickert is originally from South Jersey and graduated from Holy Cross High in Delran. His father lives in Pennsauken.
He also represents Eagles fullback Jason Davis and center Jamaal Jackson. Westbrook apparently also has discussed his situation with his original agent Tony Agnone, whom he fired in favor of Fletcher Smith in 2005, but Westbrook is believed to be ready to go wtih Rickert, as he tries to upgrade the 5-year, $25 million contract extension he signed in 2005.
Rickert, Schaffer and Smith have more clients on the Eagles than any other group of agents.