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Cowboys hint Brooking and James unlikely to return to team

Keith Brooking, BenJarvus Green-Ellis AP

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said no final decisions have been made on the futures of linebackers Keith Brooking and Bradie James.

And then he proceeded to talk about them as if they were already gone, indicating that both veteran leaders are unlikely to be back with the team.

“Bradie and Brooking are two of the best leaders, personalities I have ever had the pleasure of being around,” Jones said via the Dallas Morning News. “They’re great guys. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. That’s what we’ve got to decide. But no one respects those guys more than we do, our family does, than the Cowboys do.”

Sean Lee is entrenched as a starter at inside linebacker. The team would like to get last year’s second round pick Bruce Carter on the field more. If James or Brooking returned to Dallas, it probably would be for a reduced salary later in the offseason because they couldn’t get work elsewhere.

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33 Responses to “Cowboys hint Brooking and James unlikely to return to team”
  1. whatnojets says: Feb 22, 2012 2:34 PM

    Did you know that since the 1963 draft only six players chosesn number 1 overall and six players chosen number 2 overall have made it to the Hall of Fame?

  2. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 22, 2012 2:35 PM

    This defense is gonna be a mess, but this offense is gonna have a TON of playmakers.

  3. medtxpack says: Feb 22, 2012 2:35 PM

    Sean Lee can play. The Cowboys will have a simple 9-7 season though.

  4. sprest83 says: Feb 22, 2012 2:38 PM

    This was almost a given. It is time for Sean Lee to be unleashed. Maybe even see a Bruce Lee combo…Bruce Carter and Sean Lee.

  5. sprest83 says: Feb 22, 2012 2:40 PM

    I just hope they don’t franchise Spencer. That money could be used on a player that produces. Spencer is great against the run, but we need another pass rusher to help Ware.

  6. hedleykow says: Feb 22, 2012 2:41 PM

    VP Stephan Jones? That Jones name sounds vaguely familiar.

  7. ingraven says: Feb 22, 2012 2:44 PM

    Cowboys fans are REJOICING!!!

  8. hellswitch says: Feb 22, 2012 2:58 PM

    James & Brooking did their jobs well in their careers. Now it’s time to sit back and relax.

  9. bunjy96 says: Feb 22, 2012 2:59 PM

    whatnojets says: Feb 22, 2012 2:34 PM

    Did you know that since the 1963 draft only six players chosesn number 1 overall and six players chosen number 2 overall have made it to the Hall of Fame?

    ++++

    Who are they? Too lazy to look it up

  10. karlpilkington says: Feb 22, 2012 3:02 PM

    Cowturd fans should have been embarassed how Brooking “acted” before games while trying to get his team hyped. I mean that was just terrible and I got douche chills everytime I saw it. It was uncomforatble to watch but I just could not turn away. Dude, you are no Brees.

  11. binkystevens says: Feb 22, 2012 3:11 PM

    Wasn’t someone on the team just questioning whether they had a leader in the locker room? With these two gone, then there’s really no one to lead that defense

  12. ppc50 says: Feb 22, 2012 3:27 PM

    I agree binky. Brooking, these days, is all talk and James disappeared last year. I wish they gave Carter more playing time at the end of last year. I also agree that Spencer should not be given the franchise tag – he is just not as productive to warrant that amount of money. I would rather see the Cowboys go for Mario Williams who can play LB, as well as DE in their hybrid 4-3.

  13. cup0pizza says: Feb 22, 2012 3:32 PM

    As a Dallas fan, all I can say is FINALLY.

  14. whatnojets says: Feb 22, 2012 3:34 PM

    whatnojets says: Feb 22, 2012 2:34 PM

    Did you know that since the 1963 draft only six players chosesn number 1 overall and six players chosen number 2 overall have made it to the Hall of Fame?

    ++++

    Who are they? Too lazy to look it up

    First overall:

    Ron Yary
    O.J. Simpson
    Terry Bradshaw
    Lee Roy Selmon
    Eric Campbell
    John Elway
    Troy Aickman

    Second Overall:

    Jowe Namath
    Tom Mach
    Randy White
    Tony Dorsett
    Lawrence Taylor
    Eric Dickerson

  15. fissels says: Feb 22, 2012 3:35 PM

    They are no longer effective. Find some young guys with Brooking’s intensity and you’ve got something.

  16. suhnum1fan says: Feb 22, 2012 3:40 PM

    How bout dem cowboys!!!! – Jimmy Johnson

  17. reasonableeaglefan says: Feb 22, 2012 3:52 PM

    sprest83 says:
    Feb 22, 2012 2:38 PM

    This was almost a given. It is time for Sean Lee to be unleashed. Maybe even see a Bruce Lee combo…Bruce Carter and Sean Lee.

    ^^
    No, if you put their names together you come up with…. Car Ramrod

  18. ham1 says: Feb 22, 2012 3:52 PM

    Brooking could then be free to be a cheerleder.
    Aikman would then buy a calander.

  19. mrslay1 says: Feb 22, 2012 4:05 PM

    The Cowboys will be fine on defense. All they really need are a few GOOD DB’s. It’s the offense that better get good real fast. OL, receivers and QB not making stupid decesions at critical times! And get another running back so your not left with Jones when Murry goes down. Jones is great at situational plays, but not a every down back.

  20. duluthfan says: Feb 22, 2012 4:10 PM

    whatnojets says:
    Feb 22, 2012 2:34 PM
    Did you know that since the 1963 draft only six players chosesn number 1 overall and six players chosen number 2 overall have made it to the Hall of Fame?

    Glad my Vikings are picking 3rd (at least for only a year). :)

  21. lifelong says: Feb 22, 2012 4:20 PM

    Brooking was washed up long before he got to the Cowboys. Falcons fans couldn’t wait to see him leave during his last few years there.

  22. rajbais says: Feb 22, 2012 4:48 PM

    Brooking = Old!!!

    He should’ve been cut after 2010!!!

  23. gdeli says: Feb 22, 2012 5:11 PM

    brooking sucks as he showd in the game vs the vikings in 2009 and cried about it.

  24. speedlimit41 says: Feb 22, 2012 5:18 PM

    Don’t forget Newman ,he gotta go too!

  25. nflrule says: Feb 22, 2012 5:28 PM

    The Cowboys should also hint at cutting Terrence Newman,Marcus Spears,Felix Jones and Orlando Scandrick.Smiles Austin got paid a nice contract and has not done much since.If they dont draft defense it will be another year of watching Jason Garrett playing with his hat on the sidelines as the clock winds down!!

  26. bluelifer says: Feb 22, 2012 5:41 PM

    You know what they say boys will be the little boys of the division

  27. rarelyclever says: Feb 22, 2012 5:52 PM

    No Cowboys fans needed this hint. Maybe James can get a backup job somewhere to play on running downs, but both have lost too many steps to play as starters in the NFL any longer.

  28. clavette says: Feb 22, 2012 5:57 PM

    sean lee is a terrific player. brooking is pure garbage.

    last i heard of brooking he was crying that favre and the vikings ran up the score on them in the playoffs rather then trying to stop them. thought that was his last game as a cowboy but some how hung on an extra 2 years.

  29. bronxtale says: Feb 22, 2012 5:59 PM

    Good ol’ Bradie James, always good for making a tackle 5 yards down the field after getting ran over. Dude doesn’t understand the meaning of filling the gap.

  30. omegaichiban says: Feb 22, 2012 6:58 PM

    listen…on one of Brookings last plays as a Falcon, they needed to win to go to the playoffs. 3rd and long play fake in front of Brooking, receiver going deep down the middle…you guessed it Brooking bit on the short route and allowed the quarterback to throw over him, 1st down Falcons lose and Jerry says”hey, we have GOT to have this guy!!”

  31. baronvonmonocle says: Feb 23, 2012 1:36 AM

    “First overall:

    Ron Yary
    O.J. Simpson
    Terry Bradshaw
    Lee Roy Selmon
    Eric Campbell
    John Elway
    Troy Aickman”
    ———————————–

    And Bruce Smith makes eight.

  32. joetoronto says: Feb 23, 2012 7:11 AM

    Brooking has been washed up for years, Jerrah finally sees the light.

  33. krashie21 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:31 PM

    Bradie James – has been a warrior for this team and it’s hard to see him go, but I’d take him back at a ‘reduced rate’. He’s a lot like Dat Nguyen. He’s given his heart and soul to this team and he’s been a very solid player in some pretty tough circumstances.

    Brooking – since the very second he did his moronic, phony and embarassing ‘rah-rah’ thing on national television he helped make this era’s Cowboys the running joke they are. While I agreed with his signing when they first brought him in, he’s been on this team about 2 years too long.

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