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The fact is Brooking is the leader of that Defense and has been for about 8 years now.

Sure he has lost a step, it happens when u have to play out of position and take on 300 plus pounders playing

middle LB WHEN YOUR NATURAL POSITION IS WEAKSIDE. Some people on here need to relize that the leader of a D doesn't mean

that you are making 10 plus tackles a game with a pick or a sack. NO! Brook is on the feild because he has been a cornerstone of our

Defense and team for many years now, not to mention for the franchise and ATL community. So I think its about time for some of

u bashers to give him a break and trust that our coaches have him on the feild because he should be and thats what our coaching

staff is here to do. I CAN ALMOST PROMISE U THAT BROOK WILL MAKE A FEW BIG PLAYS ON DEFENSE THIS YEAR THAT WILL BE

THE DIFFERENCE IN A WIN OR A LOSS.! Then everyone will be bashing some besides him.

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The fact is Brooking is the leader of that Defense and has been for about 8 years now.

Sure he has lost a step, it happens when u have to play out of position and take on 300 plus pounders playing

middle LB WHEN YOUR NATURAL POSITION IS WEAKSIDE. Some people on here need to relize that the leader of a D doesn't mean

that you are making 10 plus tackles a game with a pick or a sack. NO! Brook is on the feild because he has been a cornerstone of our

Defense and team for many years now, not to mention for the franchise and ATL community. So I think its about time for some of

u bashers to give him a break and trust that our coaches have him on the feild because he should be and thats what our coaching

staff is here to do. I CAN ALMOST PROMISE U THAT BROOK WILL MAKE A FEW BIG PLAYS ON DEFENSE THIS YEAR THAT WILL BE

THE DIFFERENCE IN A WIN OR A LOSS.! Then everyone will be bashing some besides him.

Amen.

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You do realize Brooking is actually playing in position at weakside linebacker don't you?

And that he is the second highest paid linebacker in the league?

And that most offenses when they pass in the middle pass against Brooking?

This may sound stupid to some but I'm willing to bet a good portion of that salary level is based on the ability to market the Falcons through Brooking. He may not be producing the on the field as much as he did 3 years ago but he still sells jerseys, he's part of almost every Falcons marketing program, he's a face of the franchise and he's still a fan favorite. Production on the field always makes up the majority of a players salary but if we were able to get the true reasoning behind the high salary I'd be willing to bet that a lot of it is marketing.

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You do realize Brooking is actually playing in position at weakside linebacker don't you?

And that he is the second highest paid linebacker in the league?

And that most offenses when they pass in the middle pass against Brooking?

Proof, or shut up, rather than making an unsupportable claim.

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This may sound stupid to some but I'm willing to bet a good portion of that salary level is based on the ability to market the Falcons through Brooking. He may not be producing the on the field as much as he did 3 years ago but he still sells jerseys, he's part of almost every Falcons marketing program, he's a face of the franchise and he's still a fan favorite. Production on the field always makes up the majority of a players salary but if we were able to get the true reasoning behind the high salary I'd be willing to bet that a lot of it is marketing.

lol out of all falcons jerseys sold. Brooking is one of the least that you'll see these days.

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brooking is an aging linebacker who is in the "bottom 30%" of the league as far as his overall value on the field. He also is the 2nd highest paid linebacker in the entire NFL - those two things don't go together.....

Its time to "cut the cord" on this Falcons icon - much like we did with Crump and Dunn last year........You cannot afford to get sentimental because the NFL is a business. If Brook wants to cut 70% of his salary and be a back-up and lockerroom cheerleader -then fine keep him around - otherwise, "its been nice knowing ya"

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Proof, or shut up, rather than making an unsupportable claim.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said the team projects to have at least $23 million to spend in free agency this offseason. Maybe more. With the salary-cap expected to increase from $109 to $116-$117, Atlanta will gain $7 to $8 million. Some players could be asked to take pay cuts or they could be released.

AJC Falcons beat writer Steve Wyche breaks down where some of the $23 million could come from:

Michael Vick

Suspended and imprisoned quarterback Michael Vick's $7.5 million salary will not count against the salary cap this season. Since he is suspended he will not earn the 7.5 million in base salary he was owed. That cancels the 7.5 million that would have counted against the Falcons' salary cap. Atlanta will be able to add the amount as room under the cap. Vick remains on the roster (suspended list) so the team can recoup $3.75 million in bonus money a court ruling stated it is entitled to.

Warrick Dunn

Tailback Warrick Dunn is entering the final year of his contract with a $6.2 million cap charge — the fourth highest of any running back in the league. If he is released, Atlanta could add $2.8 million to its salary cap. It is a tough choice but the new regime has to decide if Dunn, 33, fits into their plans.

Keith Brooking

Middle linebacker Keith Brooking has a whopping $7.7 million cap charge, third in the NFL behind Ray Lewis and Zach Thomas. Since he has another year on his contract, cutting him now would not save Atlanta much money against the cap — unless it waited until after June 1, when he would count against the '09 cap. A contract restructure or a salary-reduction request is a possibility.

The injured

Tight end Alge Crumpler, second only to Todd Heap with a $4.7 million cap charge, and defensive tackle Rod Coleman (5th highest projected cap charge at his position), are coming off injury-marred seasons. Their health could determine their future with the team. With contracts that run through at least 2009, it would not make much economic sense to release them — especially if they are healthy and can play. One or both could be asked to take a pay cut or restructure their contracts.

Potential cap casualties

Offensive tackle Wayne Gandy ($3.5 million) and guard Kynan Forney ($2.95 million) have high base salaries and are entering the final year of their contracts. Gandy is coming off major knee surgery and Forney did not play nearly as well in '07 as he had in the past. Both could be cap casualties — if the Falcons can land players to replace them. Atlanta also might not re-sign unrestricted, free agent, defensive starters Chris Crocker and Demorrio Williams.

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And Thomas was cut by Miami and re-signed for much less with Dallas making Brooking #2. This is from the AJC.

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This may sound stupid to some but I'm willing to bet a good portion of that salary level is based on the ability to market the Falcons through Brooking. He may not be producing the on the field as much as he did 3 years ago but he still sells jerseys, he's part of almost every Falcons marketing program, he's a face of the franchise and he's still a fan favorite. Production on the field always makes up the majority of a players salary but if we were able to get the true reasoning behind the high salary I'd be willing to bet that a lot of it is marketing.

I could see that, but now-a-days Brooking isn't really the face. People don't come to see Brooking play and his jerseys aren't that prevalent at the stadium(and especially won't be soon with the new faces starting to bloom). He does everything for the organization and I love that he is a great team player, but he is drastically overpaid for his performance.

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank said the team projects to have at least $23 million to spend in free agency this offseason. Maybe more. With the salary-cap expected to increase from $109 to $116-$117, Atlanta will gain $7 to $8 million. Some players could be asked to take pay cuts or they could be released.

AJC Falcons beat writer Steve Wyche breaks down where some of the $23 million could come from:

Michael Vick

Suspended and imprisoned quarterback Michael Vick's $7.5 million salary will not count against the salary cap this season. Since he is suspended he will not earn the 7.5 million in base salary he was owed. That cancels the 7.5 million that would have counted against the Falcons' salary cap. Atlanta will be able to add the amount as room under the cap. Vick remains on the roster (suspended list) so the team can recoup $3.75 million in bonus money a court ruling stated it is entitled to.

Warrick Dunn

Tailback Warrick Dunn is entering the final year of his contract with a $6.2 million cap charge — the fourth highest of any running back in the league. If he is released, Atlanta could add $2.8 million to its salary cap. It is a tough choice but the new regime has to decide if Dunn, 33, fits into their plans.

Keith Brooking

Middle linebacker Keith Brooking has a whopping $7.7 million cap charge, third in the NFL behind Ray Lewis and Zach Thomas. Since he has another year on his contract, cutting him now would not save Atlanta much money against the cap — unless it waited until after June 1, when he would count against the '09 cap. A contract restructure or a salary-reduction request is a possibility.

The injured

Tight end Alge Crumpler, second only to Todd Heap with a $4.7 million cap charge, and defensive tackle Rod Coleman (5th highest projected cap charge at his position), are coming off injury-marred seasons. Their health could determine their future with the team. With contracts that run through at least 2009, it would not make much economic sense to release them — especially if they are healthy and can play. One or both could be asked to take a pay cut or restructure their contracts.

Potential cap casualties

Offensive tackle Wayne Gandy ($3.5 million) and guard Kynan Forney ($2.95 million) have high base salaries and are entering the final year of their contracts. Gandy is coming off major knee surgery and Forney did not play nearly as well in '07 as he had in the past. Both could be cap casualties — if the Falcons can land players to replace them. Atlanta also might not re-sign unrestricted, free agent, defensive starters Chris Crocker and Demorrio Williams.

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And Thomas was cut by Miami and re-signed for much less with Dallas making Brooking #2. This is from the AJC.

. .I wasn't referring to the salary part of your post, man. .

:rolleyes:

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. .I wasn't referring to the salary part of your post, man. .

:rolleyes:

If you mean when he gets abused on the field, watch a game and keep an eye on where a lot of those passes in the middle go. Take off your sunglasses when you watch. Boley is shutting down his end and they don't really pass in the very middle where Lofton is.

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If you mean when he gets abused on the field, watch a game and keep an eye on where a lot of those passes in the middle go. Take off your sunglasses when you watch. Boley is shutting down his end and they don't really pass in the very middle where Lofton is.

What??

Our entire defense is getting passed on this year. It is the biggest weakness on the team and somehow Brooking is the one getting passed on?

I have seen countless 3rd down passes that have converted to a 1st in the middle and everywhere else this year.

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brooking is an aging linebacker who is in the "bottom 30%" of the league as far as his overall value on the field. He also is the 2nd highest paid linebacker in the entire NFL - those two things don't go together.....

Its time to "cut the cord" on this Falcons icon - much like we did with Crump and Dunn last year........You cannot afford to get sentimental because the NFL is a business. If Brook wants to cut 70% of his salary and be a back-up and lockerroom cheerleader -then fine keep him around - otherwise, "its been nice knowing ya"

Know what u are talking about. State do not lye. He is ahead of alot of NfC Linbackers

Keith Brooking ATL OLB 36 25 11 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- 17 Rocky McIntosh WAS OLB 36 26 10 0.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2 -- --

19 Omar Gaither PHI OLB 35 29 6 1.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 1 0

20 Lofa Tatupu SEA MLB 34 26 8 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

21 A.J. Hawk GB OLB 33 25 8 2.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

21 Brian Urlacher CHI MLB 33 30 3 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 1 0

23 Nick Barnett GB MLB 32 26 6 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

23 Pisa Tinoisamoa STL OLB 32 25 7 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- --

23 DeMarcus Ware DAL OLB 32 26 6 6.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- --

26 Bradie James DAL ILB 31 19 12 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

27 Will Witherspoon STL MLB 30 22 8 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

28 Paris Lenon DET MLB 29 16 13 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

28 Julian Peterson SEA OLB 29 23 6 3.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2 1 0

30 E.J. Henderson MIN MLB 27 23 4 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 1 0

30 Cato June TB OLB 27 21 6 0.0 -- 0 0 0 1 1 0 -- --

30 Antonio Pierce NYG MLB 27 21 6 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

33 Michael Boley ATL OLB 26 23 3 0.0 -- 5 1 0 16 16 0 -- --

34 Na'il Diggs CAR OLB 25 20 5 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

34 Brady Poppinga GB OLB 25 18 7 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

34 Scott Shanle NO OLB 25 16 9 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- --

37 Alex Lewis DET OLB 24 17 7 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

38 Derrick Brooks TB OLB 23 18 5 0.0 -- 4 1 0 -2 -2 1 -- --

39 Ben Leber MIN OLB 22 19 3 0.0 -- 5 1 0 1 1 0 2 0

40 Marcus Washington WAS OLB 21 10 11 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- --

41 Kevin Burnett DAL LB 19 16 3 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

42 Brandon Chillar GB LB 18 14 4 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- --

42 Danny Clark NYG OLB 18 9 9 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

44 H.B. Blades WAS LB 17 10 7 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

44 Chris Draft STL OLB 17 14 3 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

46 Scott Fujita NO OLB 16 11 5 0.0 -- 2 1 0 2 2 0 -- --

46 Clark Haggans ARI LB 16 15 1 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

46 Bryan Kehl NYG OLB 16 13 3 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

46 Chike Okeafor ARI OLB 16 13 3 3.0 -- 3 1 0 39 39 1 -- --

50 Quinton Culberson STL OLB 14 11 3 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

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The fact is Brooking is the leader of that Defense and has been for about 8 years now.

Sure he has lost a step, it happens when u have to play out of position and take on 300 plus pounders playing

middle LB WHEN YOUR NATURAL POSITION IS WEAKSIDE. Some people on here need to relize that the leader of a D doesn't mean

that you are making 10 plus tackles a game with a pick or a sack. NO! Brook is on the feild because he has been a cornerstone of our

Defense and team for many years now, not to mention for the franchise and ATL community. So I think its about time for some of

u bashers to give him a break and trust that our coaches have him on the feild because he should be and thats what our coaching

staff is here to do. I CAN ALMOST PROMISE U THAT BROOK WILL MAKE A FEW BIG PLAYS ON DEFENSE THIS YEAR THAT WILL BE

THE DIFFERENCE IN A WIN OR A LOSS.! Then everyone will be bashing some besides him.

Thank You! It needed to be said.

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Know what u are talking about. State do not lye. He is ahead of alot of NfC Linbackers

Keith Brooking ATL OLB 36 25 11 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- 17 Rocky McIntosh WAS OLB 36 26 10 0.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2 -- --

19 Omar Gaither PHI OLB 35 29 6 1.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 1 0

20 Lofa Tatupu SEA MLB 34 26 8 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

21 A.J. Hawk GB OLB 33 25 8 2.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

21 Brian Urlacher CHI MLB 33 30 3 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 1 0

23 Nick Barnett GB MLB 32 26 6 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

23 Pisa Tinoisamoa STL OLB 32 25 7 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- --

23 DeMarcus Ware DAL OLB 32 26 6 6.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- --

26 Bradie James DAL ILB 31 19 12 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

27 Will Witherspoon STL MLB 30 22 8 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

28 Paris Lenon DET MLB 29 16 13 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

28 Julian Peterson SEA OLB 29 23 6 3.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2 1 0

30 E.J. Henderson MIN MLB 27 23 4 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 1 0

30 Cato June TB OLB 27 21 6 0.0 -- 0 0 0 1 1 0 -- --

30 Antonio Pierce NYG MLB 27 21 6 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

33 Michael Boley ATL OLB 26 23 3 0.0 -- 5 1 0 16 16 0 -- --

34 Na'il Diggs CAR OLB 25 20 5 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

34 Brady Poppinga GB OLB 25 18 7 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

34 Scott Shanle NO OLB 25 16 9 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- --

37 Alex Lewis DET OLB 24 17 7 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

38 Derrick Brooks TB OLB 23 18 5 0.0 -- 4 1 0 -2 -2 1 -- --

39 Ben Leber MIN OLB 22 19 3 0.0 -- 5 1 0 1 1 0 2 0

40 Marcus Washington WAS OLB 21 10 11 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- --

41 Kevin Burnett DAL LB 19 16 3 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

42 Brandon Chillar GB LB 18 14 4 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- --

42 Danny Clark NYG OLB 18 9 9 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

44 H.B. Blades WAS LB 17 10 7 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

44 Chris Draft STL OLB 17 14 3 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

46 Scott Fujita NO OLB 16 11 5 0.0 -- 2 1 0 2 2 0 -- --

46 Clark Haggans ARI LB 16 15 1 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

46 Bryan Kehl NYG OLB 16 13 3 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

46 Chike Okeafor ARI OLB 16 13 3 3.0 -- 3 1 0 39 39 1 -- --

50 Quinton Culberson STL OLB 14 11 3 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- --

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Tackles do not a good linebacker make. Do you really think Brooking is better than Urlacher? He is ahead in tackles so it must be true!

Brooking tackles a lot because he doesn't stop passes, he is on a bad defense which stays on the field longer allowing more tackling opportunities(most tackle leaders each season are on bad defenses or teams where the offense can't stay on the field).

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lol out of all falcons jerseys sold. Brooking is one of the least that you'll see these days.

Look at over the life time of his contract though, he's sold quite a few jerseys and was and is used as a major player in the marketing campaigns. Like I said some would think the point was stupid, but it is a very valid point that most people don't stop and think about.

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Look at over the life time of his contract though, he's sold quite a few jerseys and was and is used as a major player in the marketing campaigns. Like I said some would think the point was stupid, but it is a very valid point that most people don't stop and think about.

I think it is valid for the past. He sold a lot of jerseys and was a face and was getting paid well for it. But now with the youth movement and his losing a step and no longer being a premier player on the team, he's not worth $7.7 million.

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I could see that, but now-a-days Brooking isn't really the face. People don't come to see Brooking play and his jerseys aren't that prevalent at the stadium(and especially won't be soon with the new faces starting to bloom). He does everything for the organization and I love that he is a great team player, but he is drastically overpaid for his performance.

Brooking still gets quite a bit of face time when it comes to the Falcons, he's on tickets, he's on AirTran billboards, he's been on countless mailings by the team, over the life of his contract he's been used quite a bit to sell the Falcons. You can't single out his years of degrading play and say he hasn't earned his money. The man has been a constant for the Falcons since 1998 and that truly does account for something.

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I think it is valid for the past. He sold a lot of jerseys and was a face and was getting paid well for it. But now with the youth movement and his losing a step and no longer being a premier player on the team, he's not worth $7.7 million.

I would imagine a renegotiated contract is on the horizon.

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I think it is valid for the past. He sold a lot of jerseys and was a face and was getting paid well for it. But now with the youth movement and his losing a step and no longer being a premier player on the team, he's not worth $7.7 million.

Did that say this was the last year of his contract? If so than just re-sign him for much less if he is willing to accept it. If not than let him walk.

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