He broke down several times during his press conference, but managed to crack a joke at the end.
You have to give Brooking credit for not wanting to burn any bridges in Atlanta like a certain Braves pitcher did when he signed with a certain Major League Baseball team named the Boston Red Sox.
Brooking and his agent Pat Dye Jr. took the high road.
They didn’t let it get out that the Falcons offered him a bag of peanuts and a few programs to stay with the team. Brooking clearly values the relationship he has with owner Arthur Blank and didn’t want to breach it.
He chose to take the best offer and move on. Brooking is set to No. 51 for the Cowboys.
On another note, the Falcons will entertain a pair of free agents Thursday, tight end L.J. Smith and center Brett Romberg.
Both are unrestricted free agents. Smith played last season with the Philadelphia Eagles and Romberg with the St. Louis Rams