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unothadeal
03-02-2009, 04:00 PM
After 11 seasons in Atlanta, Keith Brooking is changing addresses. The veteran linebacker signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.
Brooking, 33, has spent his entire career in Atlanta after he was the 12th overall choice by the Falcons in the 1998 NFL Draft and helped the team reach the Super Bowl as a rookie.

"It is with very mixed emotions that I am leaving the Atlanta Falcons to join the Dallas Cowboys," Brooking said in a statement. "I am sad to be leaving the Falcons organization, my teammates, my coaches, and of course, the great Falcons fans. However, I am excited about this new chapter in my career and rejoining my former coach Wade Phillips."

Brooking's agent, Pat Dye Jr., said "active" discussions were held with multiple teams, including the Falcons.

"This was a very difficult decision for Keith and came only after a lot of thought and deliberation," Dye said. "Although we had ongoing discussions with the Falcons, after weighing all the factors, Keith felt that it was in his best interest to sign with Dallas."

Brooking, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and Atlanta's leading tackler each of the last eight seasons, became a free agent after failing to work out a new contract with the Falcons.

"Keith defined the Falcons in so many ways: his tenure, his leadership on and off the field, his commitment to excellence and his many resulting accomplishments, his love for Atlanta, and so much more," Falcons owner and CEO Arthur Blank said in a statement. "He will always be a Falcon in the hearts of his teammates and our fans."

"The Atlanta area is my home," Brooking said. "It will always be my home. Although, I will play for the Cowboys for the next few years, I will always be a Falcon at heart."

Phillips, the third-year Cowboys coach who will be his own defensive coordinator this season, was Atlanta's defensive coordinator from 2002-03.

Cowboys linebackers Zach Thomas and Kevin Burnett are free agents, so getting Brooking was a key move.

Buck
03-02-2009, 04:01 PM
In other news, A ROD tested positive for Steroids

ncCHIEFfan
03-02-2009, 04:29 PM
WHOOPIDYDOOOO.........

Delano
03-02-2009, 04:30 PM
In other news, A ROD tested positive for Steroids

WUT!?

Micjones
03-02-2009, 04:38 PM
Cowboys trying not to be left behind defensively in that division.

DaneMcCloud
03-02-2009, 04:41 PM
Cowboys trying not to be left behind defensively in that division.

Too late.

They lost Canty to the Giants.

They're trying to dump Roy Williams (Safety).

They don't have a first round pick.

They're a mess.

Micjones
03-02-2009, 04:45 PM
Too late.

They lost Canty to the Giants.

They're trying to dump Roy Williams (Safety).

They don't have a first round pick.

They're a mess.

I said "trying".
:D

'Hamas' Jenkins
03-02-2009, 04:47 PM
Too late.

They lost Canty to the Giants.

They're trying to dump Roy Williams (Safety).

They don't have a first round pick.

They're a mess.

Casual fans don't realize how poorly that franchise is run.

They are going to need to replace their entire offensive line (outside of Gurode) in a couple of years, TO is a shell, Roy Williams (S) is and always has been a joke, Ken Hamlin still plays like he's been bashed into a coma by a stop sign, Barber has 2 good years left, max, Roy Williams (WR) is terribly inconsistent.

They have some good, young players: Bennett, Witten, Jones, Romo, Ware. But a lot of that team is going to need to be churned.

They went all-in on last year and busted. It's time to pay the piper.

Micjones
03-02-2009, 04:47 PM
Casual fans don't realize how poorly that franchise is run.


Heeeeey...
Who you calling casual fan buddy?
:D

Buck
03-02-2009, 04:49 PM
Casual fans don't realize how poorly that franchise is run.

They are going to need to replace their entire offensive line (outside of Gurode) in a couple of years, TO is a shell, Roy Williams (S) is and always has been a joke, Ken Hamlin still plays like he's been bashed into a coma by a stop sign, Barber has 2 good years left, max, Roy Williams (WR) is terribly inconsistent.

They have some good, young players: Bennett, Witten, Jones, Romo, Ware. But a lot of that team is going to need to be churned.

They went all-in on last year and busted. It's time to pay the piper.

Poor choice of words?

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