Keith Brooking has heart. Although he deserves to finish his career with the Falcons, it looks like the Falcons won’t pay him the $1 million roster bonus he’s due Feb. 23. The bigger deal is that he’s slated to make $8.3 million next season. If they do release him, I can’t blame them.
The move back to the weak side didn’t help Brooking last season. He was constantly getting beat on pass coverage, probably one of the biggest came against the Cards in the playoffs. He looked like he was always a step behind. He missed the interception against the Cards that would have been huge. Sure, guys make mistakes, but when you get paid that much, you have to play to a certain standard or expect to be released.
I like that he’s a local guy who has played his entire career for the hometown team, but Dimitroff isn’t impressed. It’s all about money for him. If Brooking will take less, I think he might have a chance to stay. If not, Dimitroff will send him packing.
Brooking has started every game for the Falcons since 2001, a pretty amazing feat considering how many guys sit out because they’re banged up. He admits that his last game against the Cardinals wasn’t his best. It would be a tough way to finish a career with the Falcons.