It's another offseason, which means it's time for the Cowboys to find another linebacker.
Ever since Bill Parcells walked in the door they can't draft or sign enough linebackers. Keith Brooking joins the club now, and will start next to Bradie James.
Brooking is another version of Zach Thomas; his best days are gone, he's probably not going to make many plays. He'll know where to be, but physically his body won't let him do what it did when he was 28. This is what happens to older players - they know what to do and how to do it, but the body says no.
So Brooking will step in and start, and expect the Cowboys to draft yet another linebacker.
This also means that Kevin Burnett's days with the Cowboys are over, which is probably the way he wants it.
Burnett has burned to start for years, and the Cowboys from either Parcells to Wade Phillips see him as a nickel linebacker. And they don't trust he can stay healthy for an entire season.
So Burnett will likely go somewhere, he's scheduled to visit the Raiders, and get the money he wants, and start, too.
- Mac Engel
P.S. - Please don't say Bobby Carpenter. It's obvious by now Phillips doesn't like him in his scheme. Period. So Carpenter will remain a special teams guy, and that's about it.