Pregame: Eagles - Steelers

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The Eagles and Brian Westbrook agreed to a new deal this evening. The Eagles face the Steelers in their first preseason game tonight. (File photo)

In less than an hour, the 2008 Eagles will take the field for the first time against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

I will be your online host, blogging while watching the game on the beautiful Panasonic TV in the philly.com offices. This should be a slightly better viewing experience than I have on my 19-inch Zenith at home.

It's been a pretty hectic couple of hours for the Birds. First, Les Bowen of the Daily News reported that Shawn Andrews has been given the OK by his doctors to return to practice, and we could see him in Lehigh as early as Sunday.

And then of course the news everyone is talking about. The Eagles and Brian Westbrook have agreed to terms on a new three-year deal. Bob Brookover of The Inquirer reports from a source that the deal includes $13 million in new money. According to Brookover's article, Westbrook is set to make $21 million over three years, but escalators could increase the running back's salary to as much as $24 million.

What do you think? Did the Eagles make the right move?

Last week, I took a look at how running backs who are Westbrook's age have fared. Westbrook turns 29 before the season starts. Among running backs 29 or older, Tiki Barber, Curtis Martin and Corey Dillon are the only ones in the past five years to rank in the top five in rushing for a single season.

While you're getting ready for the game, check out our Eagles training camp section with stories from The Inquirer and Daily news, including Kevin Kolb's mindset and the (possible) new connection between Donovan McNabb and Hank Baskett.

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