When the 2011 season ended, Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking made it clear he wanted to continue playing, and he finally got his chance on Monday.
Brooking reached a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos. If he makes the team, 2012 will be his 15th NFL season following 11 with his hometown Atlanta Falcons and the last three in Dallas. A favorite of former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips, who had been his defensive coordinator for two years, he was brought in to start alongside Bradie James in 2009, and made 33 starts for the Cowboys.
Brooking, 36, suggested before free agency that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had given him reason to believe that he could be back with the team even after his contract had expired.
Brooking becomes the ninth Cowboys unrestricted free agent to sign with another club this year. Here is where the others have landed:
DB Alan Ball, Houston
TE Martellus Bennett, New York Giants
S Abe Elam, Kansas City
FB Tony Fiammetta, New England
WR Jesse Holley, New England
P Mat McBriar, Philadelphia
CB Terence Newman, Cincinnati
WR Laurent Robinson, Jacksonville