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FALCONS' BROOKING COULD BE ON CHOPPING BLOCK

Atlanta Falcons veteran linebacker Keith Brooking is likely to be cut prior to February 23 when he’s due a $1 million roster bonus, Pro Football Weekly reports.
Per the article, which cites an anonymous source, the Falcons want to get faster at linebacker to upgrade the NFL’s 24th-ranked defense and are prepared to move on from Brooking, 33, a former Georgia Tech star who has played in Atlanta for the past 11 seasons.
Brooking has an $8.3 million salary cap figure for 2009.  Brooking is unlikely to be retained by G.M. Thomas Dimitroff unless Brooking consents to a steep reduction in pay.
Naturally, Brooking isn’t convinced his play has declined and will look to play elsewhere if the Falcons cut ties with him.
According to NFL.com, Brooking has 972 career tackles, 17 sacks and 12 interceptions.  He was credited with 102 tackles last season in 16 starts and has started every game for the past eight seasons.

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15 Responses to “FALCONS' BROOKING COULD BE ON CHOPPING BLOCK”
  1. atlantafalCANS says: Feb 12, 2009 7:54 PM

    I have loved Keith Brooking and his production for years, but I don’t think anyone can argue with Dimitroff’s decisions so far…he is law in ATL now…
    Keith has been a stand up guy that plays hard every play. He will be very productive for another team…

  2. myusernamestinks says: Feb 12, 2009 8:10 PM

    I’m old enough to remember when guys like Brooking could last a career in one place.

  3. Ralph GreNader says: Feb 12, 2009 8:21 PM

    he’ll move on like zach thomas did and remain productive. im convinced that id rather have a team full of productive players instead of a team full of superstar jackasses and ego fueled maniacs. look at the ‘boys in reality they had a few productive players(ware,barber,thomas) and the rest couldn’t get out of their own way and just try to be productive instead of looking to collect incentives and endorsements. a team full of jackasses.

  4. Fredex says: Feb 12, 2009 8:26 PM

    I think it’d be a mistake for the Falcons to let Brooking go.
    Atlanta is a young team and still getting past the Michael Vick fiasco… having someone who is such a great example off the field around for them to look up to seems like a no brainer to me.
    Warrick Dunn is already in another city, but middle linebackers don’t necessary decline at 30+ at the same rate as running backs. My sense is Brooking is still a solid player and worth keeping around.

  5. kurt37 says: Feb 12, 2009 9:11 PM

    this GAME has gotten to be more about business than the game itself.

  6. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Feb 12, 2009 9:15 PM

    Bring on Stephen Nicholas!

  7. bofarr says: Feb 12, 2009 10:02 PM

    As a both a GT alumn and a huge Falcon fan I will be the first to say Brooking is a stud who has given a lot of blood and sweat to the Falcons but he looked old and a step slow at times the last two seasons. He might have some more mileage left as an inside guy in a 3-4 but he just doesn’t have the wheels to play weak-side in a 4-3 anymore. I would not be surprised if he ended up in New England; he’s a smart guy, a hard worker and good leader, a perfect Belichek kind of guy.

  8. BostonAtlanta says: Feb 12, 2009 10:46 PM

    As much as I appreciate how much “Brook” has done for the Falcons over the years and unless he takes a serious pay cut they need to cut ties with him. $8.3 Million in cap space is just too much for a guy on the decline. He may still have some tread left on his tires but I’d be shocked if another team gives him a deal anywhere close to that.
    I’m sure they can get more out of free agency for that kind of money, possibly 2 starters.

  9. minnesotacarpchowder says: Feb 12, 2009 11:07 PM

    Hasn’t missed a game in eight seasons, all football fans know Brookings is a true gamer. He’ll have another 100+ tackle season next year wherever he lands.

  10. MOOCH says: Feb 12, 2009 11:27 PM

    Uh, those of you talking about Ray Lewis giving a “home town discount” may want to reread this story.

  11. jyernberg says: Feb 13, 2009 12:28 AM

    MAN! there are so many good players in FA this year, this is a very good year to be looking to sign some guys at key positions(ah-hem! TT…) brooking was pretty good in his day, like zach thomas. both have lost some speed but have enough veteran know how to last a couple more years. iam sure keit will not be waiting in the unmployment line long, unless he want’s too much money.

  12. MTOC says: Feb 13, 2009 6:42 AM

    At 33 years old, he might not yet meet the Patriots age requirement for linebacker. Too bad he is not coming on the market a few years from now.

  13. moonbeam says: Feb 13, 2009 8:36 AM

    this guy is not chopped meat,productive player caught in the numbers game,sad.

  14. Pea Tear Griffin says: Feb 13, 2009 10:59 AM

    And the fact that he was grossly out of position on the game clinching play in the Wild Card round this year doesn’t help.
    “Spoch, I don’t need to cover him.”

  15. falconflyer says: Feb 13, 2009 9:54 PM

    The third-down conversion the Cards converted against the Falcons in the wild-card was shocking in light of how much Brooking, a supposedly elite linebacker, was out of position. The most asleep-at-the-wheel analyst couldn’t miss it, and the replay confirmed it. Play the cost-benefit game, and there’s no way Brooking’s back in the ATL.

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