Former Falcon Brooking signs with Broncos

Former Falcons and Georgia Tech linebacker Keith Brooking has signed with the Denver Broncos.

Keith Brooking played 11 seasons for the Falcons.

Keith Brooking played 11 seasons for the Falcons.

The 14-year pro played the last three seasons in Dallas after an 11-year career in Atlanta.

Brooking, 36, played in all 16 regular season games for 11 consecutive years but he started just three games last year with the Cowboys, when he was supplanted by Sean Lee.

Brooking recorded 34 tackles in 2011, his lowest total since his rookie season.

“We had him in for a workout and thought he looked outstanding,” Broncos coach John Fox said.

More NFL news:

— 38-year-old Terrell Owens agreed to a contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Owens hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2010 season with Cincinnati, when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.

– Veteran safety Brodney Pool, signed in the offseason by the Cowboys to improve their secondary, was cut just a week into camp.

– Tebowmania turned into Wrestlemania at the New York Jets’ training camp Monday. About 20 players were involved in a brief brawl during a chippy practice after running back Joe McKnight and safety D’Anton Lynn tangled after a play. Lynn shoved McKnight out of bounds after a swing pass. Coach Rex Ryan, along with several players, including Tim Tebow, ran over to break up the melee by pulling players off the pile. Quarterback Mark Sanchez said he was watching the fight from “an advantageous position” and wasn’t happy about the scuffle. “There’s no excuse for it,” Sanchez said. “There’s no throwing a ball at a teammate. There’s no shoving a guy out of bounds into the signs. ”

Jets players brawl near fans Monday at training camp.

Jets players brawl near fans Monday at training camp.

– The Chicago Bears signed receiver Rashied Davis to a one-year contract to replace the retired Devin Thomas.

Brandon Weeden has been officially named the Browns’ starting quarterback. Incumbent starter Colt McCoy is now in competition with 10-year veteran Seneca Wallace for the backup job.

– Houston Texans star receiver Andre Johnson, cornerback Kareem Jackson and left tackle Duane Brown have all returned to practice after sustaining minor injuries last week. Johnson sat out last week’s workouts as a precaution after a “mild strain” of his groin on July 29.

David Garrard is listed as the first-team quarterback on the Miami Dolphins’ first depth chart, ahead of Matt Moore and first-round pick Ryan Tannehill as they try to win the starting job.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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August 6th, 2012
6:54 pm


August 6th, 2012
6:55 pm

And who cares if I was 1st or what Brookings does lmbo


August 6th, 2012
7:01 pm

1st second and third , and nobody out?


August 6th, 2012
7:03 pm

See, who cares, 5 more trillon in debt and headed to 16 trill, who cares.


August 6th, 2012
7:14 pm

I hope Brooking plays well and proves to be a solid player (even at 36).


August 6th, 2012
7:58 pm

Cant wait until we play Denver I so want to see Turner drop the shoulder in Keith “The Pilejumper” Brooking chest! Then it will be ice on the cake if they let him on the field during third down situations so I can see Quizz shake him out his socks!


August 6th, 2012
8:48 pm

Brooking needs to retire. He was not that great when with the Falcons. Too slow. His best days were at Tech. Lost traction at Dallas. Broncos must be hurting or need someone available in case of an injury.

JB Wright

August 6th, 2012
9:18 pm

After Brooking’s classless act on the sidelines during our loss to the Cowboys, and his game-losing bite at the play fake on 3rd & 17 versus the Cards in the playoffs, there is no word to describe my joy should Brooking fail in everything he attempts for the rest of his life.


August 6th, 2012
9:29 pm

Hope he starts against us that first home Monday night game in Atlanta……Matty will pick him apart.

Falcons overpaid mistakes

August 6th, 2012
10:02 pm

Brooking is another example of the Falcons rolling the red carpet out and paying superstar wages to an above average player. Keith excelled in making tackles 15 yards downfield after the 1st down was already made. Rarely did he penetrate the line to stick someone for a loss. Unfortunately the Falcons have a history of wooing these types of players under the Blank regime.


August 6th, 2012
10:07 pm

3rd and 16. Enough said.


August 6th, 2012
10:28 pm

Its a shame so many fixate on his final play as a Falcon. He always hustled and played hard for us; he was a good guy to have around. I hope he has success in Denver and can finish his career on his terms.


August 6th, 2012
10:35 pm

Yeah let’s fixate on his being a scrub for the cowboys and flapping his arms like a moron. What a pile jumper.

To real

August 6th, 2012
10:39 pm

I cant wait until we get our pads on dat pile jumper/ dallas cowboys cheerleader its been a long time coming good for denver im so happy sum body we play sign dat fool

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August 7th, 2012
5:06 am

Falcons overpaid mistakes

August 6th, 2012
10:02 pm
Brooking is another example of the Falcons rolling the red carpet out and paying superstar wages to an above average player. Keith excelled in making tackles 15 yards downfield after the 1st down was already made. Rarely did he penetrate the line to stick someone for a loss. Unfortunately the Falcons have a history of wooing these types of players under the Blank regime.

Trivia question for ya: Kieth Brooking was drafted in 1998. What year did Arthur Blank purchase the Atanta Falcons?


August 7th, 2012
5:53 am

Brookings’ sideline childish display at Dallas is what I remember about him.


August 7th, 2012
7:10 am

He was a bully at Tech… fighting with players… good riddance! He lost the Arizona game. He is bankrupt and needs the money.


August 7th, 2012
7:53 am

Hey Keith, if you want Favre and the Vikings to quit scoring, try stopping them. It’s much more effective than crying about it.

Phil Suckalewski

August 7th, 2012
8:45 am

Brookings is classless and poor character traits. Look at his financial situation, tried to get one over on the banks and they caught him. He will be another broke pro athlete.


August 7th, 2012
8:46 am

I should of tried out for LB in the NFL. Brookings is nothing but a pile jumper. He comes in after the stop and jumps on top. Geez.


August 7th, 2012
8:59 am

What is up with the Broncos signing all these old men? First they sign Dawkins to play safety, then Manning at QB, and now Brooking. Next, they are gonna try to bring Jessie Tuggle or Jerry Rice out of retirement!

Senoia Sam

August 7th, 2012
9:03 am

Brooking is like School on saturday, NO CLASS!
He buys a bunch of real estate. Later realizes it is worth half of what he paid for it. Instead of being a responsible multi-millionaire NFL player, he fraudulently transfers his assets to relatives and LLC’s so he can claim “Bankruptcy”? The worst thing is his agent Pat Dye, Jr. said he did nothing wrong! Shame on you Pat! We all know Brooking has no class. See you Monday night Brooking!


August 7th, 2012
9:23 am

Hopefully Brooking gets a lot of playing time, he’s always been fun to watch. Like when he comes in late on a tackle 8 yards past the line of scrimmage and gets up barking and clapping, hilarious. I really hope he will be the ‘leader’ of the defense too and yell in the middle of their pregame huddle. I feel like Brooking is just a joke, like if you want to insult someone just compare them to Brooking-can work in football or life in general.


August 7th, 2012
9:52 am

Give it up Keith.


August 7th, 2012
9:58 am

So, Mr. ” I’m always one step behind” Brookings will now be Mr. “I’m always two steps behind Brookings.

Hang ‘em up, head back to Griffin and get lost as as assistant coach on some middle school football team.

buckhead benny

August 7th, 2012
10:58 am

This should go down as training material for the NFL to show the rookies so when they get older in the NFL and might one day need a job- Please don’t be stupid and taunt your former employer- It may come back to haunt you.

Brooking is overrated and I personally believe he has been on the HGH for awhile is the rumor- he got faster the year in question when he left the Falcons, fyi- That is very characteristic of someone on HGH- NFL only announced testing last year so the Falcons know he didn’t just get faster when they cut him he got on the HGH wagon.

He did look like a faster better player with the Cowboys but it wasn’t in my opinion because he was working out harder. HGH testing will eliminate the Keith Brookings and all of the supposed great workout warriors in the future mark my word.

Dan E

August 7th, 2012
11:27 am

Get your facts straight Buckeye. Brooking is from Senoia……Jesse Tuggle is from Griffin.


August 7th, 2012
11:42 am

Lets let the real #56 show Brooking how its done. Week2 just got better.


August 7th, 2012
11:46 am

Brooking had like what… 2 tackles.. in that Dallas game? LOL. Turner will bulldoze him just he did to Ray Lewis.

Dawgnlex is a complete tool

August 7th, 2012
12:32 pm

Who? He will get cut before camp breaks.
UGA stinks

Senoia Sleeper

August 7th, 2012
1:02 pm

The Falcons would’ve won it all in Ryan’s rookie year if Brooking hadn’t blown his coverage.
I guess no one could be surprised though. After all he did make a career out of showing up late and missing assignments.


August 7th, 2012
1:18 pm

You guys need to ease up, Brookings was/is the most prolific pile jumper in the history of the NFL!!!!!!!!!!!


August 7th, 2012
1:20 pm

@buckhead benny………enroll in an english class asap!!!!!!!!!


August 7th, 2012
1:42 pm

I really liked Brooking till he acted like a child when the Falcons played the Cowboys
Brooking blew key play in the playoff game agaisnt AZ. hes done


August 7th, 2012
1:53 pm

He tackles runners after a healthy eight to ten yards of positive yardage per carry. He also has no pass coverage ability. Good sign, Broncos.


August 7th, 2012
2:12 pm

I don’t really care about the 3rd and 17, etc. but when he mocked our whole team on the sidelines while playing with the Cowboys – he lost the respect of this long time season ticket holder….he’ll never have a banner hung with his name on it.


August 7th, 2012
4:29 pm

Nice p/u for the Broncos. Brooking will be a role player on that awesome defense.

Nothing against y’all armchair QBs, but I’ll take John Fox’s word for it. “…he looked outstanding”. That guy is a terrific football coach.

True ATL Fan

August 7th, 2012
5:02 pm

All I have to say is we passed on RANDY MOSS for this guy. B/c of character issues?? Imagine if we had Moss during his rookie year when we beat the Vikings. SB banner would be hanging from the rafters. F Brooking

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August 7th, 2012
5:58 pm

And I ask this again, Why did the Falcons take him one pick ahead of Takeo Spikes in the ‘98 draft!!!!!! One of the worse uses of an 11th pick ever.

@ Rick

August 7th, 2012
6:33 pm

“pilejumper, lmao!


August 9th, 2012
4:41 pm

A steady tackler – problem was it historically has been 8+ yards down field…