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Keith Brooking lands with Broncos

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The Denver Broncos’ interest in aging players hasn’t been confined to the offensive side of the ball.

Only two days after adding soon-to-be-30-year-old safety Jim Leonhard, the Broncos have acquired 36-year-old linebacker Keith Brooking, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Brooking, a rookie in 1998 with the “Dirty Bird” Falcons who made it to the Super Bowl and lost to the Broncos, spent 11 years in Atlanta followed by three in Dallas.  He hit the market in March and had drawn little or no interest.

Brooking hasn’t missed a regular season game since the 1999 season.  Last year, however, he started only three games for the Cowboys.

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36 Responses to “Keith Brooking lands with Broncos”
  1. monosylab1k says: Aug 6, 2012 4:18 PM

    um, no. don’t like this move.

  2. kathleenturnersoverdrive says: Aug 6, 2012 4:21 PM

    Why is brooking looking like Stallone from the replacements in this pic?

  3. 808raiderinparadise says: Aug 6, 2012 4:23 PM

    Savy Vet … but this isn’t a big deal.

  4. mattolikesthevikes says: Aug 6, 2012 4:24 PM

    That pic is totally a porno star turned football player.

  5. gazinkus says: Aug 6, 2012 4:27 PM

    Brooking is still a good player… just not the guy he was 5 or 10 years ago. He’ll be good for spot duty, run stopping, and for providing veteran leadership. He did a good job for the Cowboys even though you could see his skills visibly declining.

    If the Broncos got him for the right price, and use him sparingly, he could be an excellent pickup.

  6. purpleguy says: Aug 6, 2012 4:27 PM

    At least now he’ll whine in the AFC.

  7. broncosnative says: Aug 6, 2012 4:30 PM

    Im liking what the broncos are doing, bringing in older vets to groom the newbys

  8. matthewb57 says: Aug 6, 2012 4:32 PM

    ha that gotta try to patch up that terrible defense that got destroyed by the patriots in the playoffs. Funny how all these bronco fans sipping koolaid think manning instantly makes them super bowl contenders. Broncos way overachieved last year. If not for the raiders getting lucky and blocking two chief field goals in one game the chiefs would have won the division. the chiefs will take the afc west this year with there best players returning.

  9. lamontjoe says: Aug 6, 2012 4:34 PM

    As a Cowboys fan, I can say that the Broncos got burned on this deal. Brookings had a great heart, but his talent has passed him by.

  10. infamoushp says: Aug 6, 2012 4:35 PM

    He’s a 2 down LB at best, that’s why the Cowboys cut the dead weight. Don’t really see this move working for them unless they just need a veteran with a vocal presence on the defense.

  11. dbarnes79 says: Aug 6, 2012 4:37 PM

    Just a depth LB with experience.

  12. hulkhogansays says: Aug 6, 2012 4:37 PM

    They signed him for his amazing pregame speeches brother.

  13. hedleykow says: Aug 6, 2012 4:38 PM

    Brookings has the look of someone getting ready to ask if they can borrow a 20 until next Friday.

  14. irongiants1973 says: Aug 6, 2012 4:39 PM

    This guy is way past his prime and he’s a whiny loser. Bad move.

  15. talkingproud says: Aug 6, 2012 4:40 PM

    Yet another name recognition signing by Elway.

  16. r8rsfan says: Aug 6, 2012 4:43 PM

    Someone had to replace Tebow in the pregame hype circle.

  17. realitypolice says: Aug 6, 2012 4:49 PM

    lamontjoe says:
    Aug 6, 2012 4:34 PM
    As a Cowboys fan, I can say that the Broncos got burned on this deal. Brookings had a great heart, but his talent has passed him by.
    ===========

    How in the world can you possibly know if they got burned in this deal when you have no idea whatsoever what the contract is?

  18. td30 says: Aug 6, 2012 4:51 PM

    @lamontjoe

    how do you know they got burned on the deal when they didnt even say how much theyre paying him?

    They have guys that can start at LB (Mays, Woodyard, williams when he’s back, Irving, Miller, maybe Danny Trevathan). I dont see the harm in hiring a vet who had no interest from other teams (aka, no leverage to get a good contract)

  19. norseyapper says: Aug 6, 2012 4:56 PM

    You’re missing the point. He’s making Peyton Manning look younger!

  20. kane337 says: Aug 6, 2012 5:01 PM

    Keith can now do the pre-game stomp for the Bronco’s.

  21. kane337 says: Aug 6, 2012 5:01 PM

    See you week 2 in the GA Dome Mr. Brooking.

  22. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 6, 2012 5:14 PM

    I know who Brees is going to be picking on when New Orleans visits Denver.
    The slow old white linebacker!

  23. cometophillyforthecrack says: Aug 6, 2012 5:21 PM

    lamontjoe says:
    Aug 6, 2012 4:34 PM
    As a Cowboys fan, I can say that the Broncos got burned on this deal. Brookings had a great heart, but his talent has passed him by.
    ===========
    As an Eagles fan, I can say that the Cowboys got burned signing a 36 year old Swiss Cheese brain Zach Thomas in 08′, with a great heart and talent passed by long ago… then signing Keith Brooking.

  24. rubicon202 says: Aug 6, 2012 5:27 PM

    As usual it’s a frenzy who signs who…bet he gets cut by the end of the year!

  25. omegaichiban says: Aug 6, 2012 5:46 PM

    Bad move…In a game the Birds had to win, in his last season with the Birds (coincidence?) 3rd and like 25, Brooking bites on a curl route, and the qb promptly throws a first down over his head. Mental mistake, Falcons lose, no playoffs blah blah blah. He’s only gottten worse in the years hence (pretentious I know) why waste any amount of money on a guy past his prime who supposedly gives good speeches?

  26. maximusprime107 says: Aug 6, 2012 5:48 PM

    Not a bad depth move with DJ Williams always being suspended

  27. catfish252 says: Aug 6, 2012 5:49 PM

    Wow, really surprised by this move — great guy — good teammate — but kinda on the old side now. He’d make an excellent teacher for the rookies, so why not hire him as a coach?

  28. bigjd says: Aug 6, 2012 6:15 PM

    What, they couldn’t get Dick Butkus?

  29. therealhulkhogan says: Aug 6, 2012 6:28 PM

    hulkhogansays says:
    Aug 6, 2012 4:37 PM
    They signed him for his amazing pregame speeches brother.

     ————————————————————————-

    You know Imposter,

    I don’t like you making comments using my name. Putting ‘brother’ at the end of every sentence doesn’t make you a Real American!

  30. strokeytheclown says: Aug 6, 2012 6:41 PM

    The ghost of Johnny Unitas is in San Diego shaking his head.

  31. rycoem says: Aug 6, 2012 6:47 PM

    Broncos are bringing in everyone & anyone that once was a good football player (and aren’t anymore IMO)…clearly a “win now” mentality…maybe even they are wondering behind closed doors how many years Manning has left

  32. raiderapologist says: Aug 6, 2012 7:28 PM

    matthewb57 says: Aug 6, 2012 4:32 PM

    If not for the raiders getting lucky and blocking two chief field goals in one game the chiefs would have won the division.

    It wasn’t luck, tool. It was skill.

  33. pb420 says: Aug 6, 2012 7:41 PM

    No one is getting burned here. The Broncs picked him up for 2 bottles of aleve and a six-pack of hungry-man tv dinners. A fair price in my book.

  34. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Aug 6, 2012 8:21 PM

    Is there a new retirement home being built in Denver?

  35. fourthandafoot says: Aug 6, 2012 10:30 PM

    Hasn’t been a NFL caliber player for awhile now. Last year he was only good for giving bulletin board comments to opposing teams and then getting swept against those teams. Stay classy Keith.

  36. prplpuzzetrz says: Aug 6, 2012 11:45 PM

    My favorite was watching him whine line a baby when the Vikings completely destroyed Dallas in the playoffs 3 seasons ago! Crying on the field cause they thought we were running up the score! You know the game before the saints had a bounty on sir Brett Favre! And my purple squad choked! Still, was worth it smacking Dallas like that!
    Skol

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