As one aging Hall of Famer finally finds a new team, another one continues to wait for his shot.
Former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks spoke to Sirius NFL Radio on Monday regarding his future in the NFL.
“As it’s sitting right now, I just got back from Oakland
early [Monday] and I see where they decided to go with Morlon Greenwood instead
of myself,” Brooks told the Sirius Blitz. “I guess, after seeing me work out, I was told that the role,
the immediate need they need to fill was one that they didn’t see me
doing in terms of being a special teams player, more or less, and a
backup. They felt I’ve got a lot of starter snaps in me so I took
that for what it’s worth and move forward.”
Brooks said that he still might end up with the Saints.
“[I had a] great visit, great time
in New Orleans and we’re continuing to talk,” Brooks said. “I really like their
franchise and what Coach Payton has done there and hopefully I’ll get
something real soon. A few other teams have called my agent but we
haven’t set up any visits or anything like that. . . . The other teams that have called my agent have
expressed interest but at this point no one has offered a visit as of [Monday]
morning. Once the word got out that I had a really good workout in New
Orleans, now there’s a buzz.”
The issue that kept Brooks from getting a shot with the Raiders could hurt him elsewhere.
Backup linebackers typically play special teams. Otherwise, coaches have real challenges when it comes to setting the game day 45-man roster.
That said, Brooks should be in the league right now.
Actually, he still should be a Buccaneer.