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February 28, 2009

Cowboys sign LB Keith Brooking

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

 

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Good pickup. I just saw the plays vs the Ravens where they had those two big 80yrd runs on us. It was all Zach Thomas. Did anyone else see it. He really blew it for us on those two particular plays. Im glad he is gone. He was too small for the position. Brooking basically cost us nothing and he knows Wade's system from their time in Atlanta together. Wont have any learning curve whatsoever. His contract cost is so low that it wont prohibit us from drafting guys to the same position (we still need 2 more LB's). If those guys turn out to be studs, Brookings contract is only 2.5 mil guaranteed. Thats basically a one year contract. By the way, check out his stats. He had 102 tackles last year and King Ray Ray had 117. Not worth spending about 7 million more dollars for 15 more tackles. I think the Boys did a great think by avoiding Ray and his crippling contract wishes. We would have been in Salary cap hell until his deal would be up. Now Jerry, move Jay Ratliff to DE next to Ware (OMG, single coverage for those two guys spells problems for other teams) go get me two huge NT like Gabe Watson of A'Zona and draft Ron Brace in round 2) and we will be set. We can blitz for Spencer/Ellis & Spears side. and there would be no help. Just imagine this setup!

The one issue we have (that we always seem to have) is Free Safety. Please dont tell me you trusted Anthony Henry to move over there. Dude is just too old, too slow to do it effectively. He would not be a ball hawk, although he covered TE's ok near the line of scrimmage. Now we are free to pick up another DB. Maybe Shawn Springs gives us a homeboy discount to be closer to his ailing Dad. I'd take Dre Bly just as well for the right price, but we need to make a move there also.

Good pickup. I just saw the plays vs the Ravens where they had those two big 80yrd runs on us. It was all Zach Thomas. Did anyone else see it. He really blew it for us on those two particular plays. Im glad he is gone. He was too small for the position. Brooking basically cost us nothing and he knows Wade's system from their time in Atlanta together. Wont have any learning curve whatsoever. His contract cost is so low that it wont prohibit us from drafting guys to the same position (we still need 2 more LB's). If those guys turn out to be studs, Brookings contract is only 2.5 mil guaranteed. Thats basically a one year contract. By the way, check out his stats. He had 102 tackles last year and King Ray Ray had 117. Not worth spending about 7 million more dollars for 15 more tackles. I think the Boys did a great think by avoiding Ray and his crippling contract wishes. We would have been in Salary cap hell until his deal would be up. Now Jerry, move Jay Ratliff to DE next to Ware (OMG, single coverage for those two guys spells problems for other teams) go get me two huge NT like Gabe Watson of A'Zona and draft Ron Brace in round 2) and we will be set. We can blitz for Spencer/Ellis & Spears side. and there would be no help. Just imagine this setup!

The one issue we have (that we always seem to have) is Free Safety. Please dont tell me you trusted Anthony Henry to move over there. Dude is just too old, too slow to do it effectively. He would not be a ball hawk, although he covered TE's ok near the line of scrimmage. Now we are free to pick up aother DB. Maybe Shawn Springs gives us a homeboy discount to be closer to his ailing Dad. I'd take Dre Bly just as well for the right price, but we need to make a move there also.

i think that he will be a great combo with bradie james and you will not see two 80 yrd runs.

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