The Cowboys didn't expect to be overly active in free agency but made a move for a starter on Saturday. They signed Atlanta Falcons veteran linebacker Keith Brooking to a three-year deal with the Cowboys. He will be entering his 12th season the league and his first away from Atlanta. Brooking will replace Zach Thomas, also a free agent, at inside linebacker.
Brooking has been a monster in the production department, leading the Falcons in tackles for the past eight seasons. He's a five-time Pro Bowl from 2001-2005 and played in Super Bowl XXXIII as a rookie.
Last season Brooking, a former first-round draft pick, started 16 games and recorded 133 tackles. Brooking also reconnects with Wade Phillips, who was a defensive coordinator in Atlanta.
- Rick Herrin