Brooking joins Cowboys
Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that long-time Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking has signed a three-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.
Brooking first joined the Falcons as a first round pick in 1998, and has since been a fixture on the team’s defense. In eleven seasons with the Falcons, Brooking went to five Pro Bowls. During his Falcon career, Brooking played multiple positions playing inside and outside linebacker for the team. This past season, Brooking led the Falcons in tackles with 102. For his career, he started 146 games, recording 1,132 tackles, 17 sacks, and 12 interceptions.
Brooking last went to the Pro Bowl in 2005, and his play has noticeably declined since then. Unfortunately, the last memory of Brooking in a Falcons uniform perhaps will be the blown coverage on a key third down late in the Falcons playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals. That play essentially sealed the Falcons loss, and the writing has been on the wall ever since that Brooking could be gone.
In Dallas, Brooking will re-join Wade Phillips. Phillips, now the Cowboys head coach served as the Falcons defensive coordinator from 2002-03.
The Falcons have now lost both starting outside linebackers with Michael Boley signing with the New York Giants earlier today.