Westbrook's new agent, really

A spokesman for the NFL Players Association has told Eagletarian that Brian Westbrook has filed the official paperwork to make Todd France his agent. France replaces Fletcher Smith, the agent for Donovan McNabb.

Westbrook is expected to report today with the Eagles' remaining veterans to Lehigh.

The Eagles have made it clear they are eager to sit down with Westbrook's new agent. As of last night, it seemed possible that Westbrook was changing his mind, more than 24 hours after he apparently text-messaged teammates that he was going with France. A league source said last night that Westbrook was talking to other agents. J.R. Rickert, who looked like the leading contender earlier in the week, could have been back in contention.

Now, the issue is settled on the agent. The next phase is beginning negotiations.