Clock about to run out on Brooking, Falcons
Barring a significant change in negotiations in the next few hours, Atlanta linebacker Keith Brooking will hit the free-agency market as soon as the clock turns to Friday. Reportedly, the Falcons have made Brooking an offer that hasn't been accepted, and he will test free agency for the first time in his career.
This doesn't necessarily mean there's no chance of Brooking, who has spent his entire career with Atlanta (and grew up in Georgia and went to college at Georgia Tech), staying with the Falcons. Brooking, who has shown signs of age, still could re-sign with the Falcons if he doesn't like what he sees in free agency.
In other Falcons' news, D. Orlando Ledbetter reports linebacker Coy Wire, defensive tackle Jason Jefferson and tight end Justin Peelle have agreed to re-sign with Atlanta. Tackle Tyson Clabo and guard Harvey Dahl each received the second-round tender for restricted free agents.
It also appears cornerback Domonique Foxworth, linebacker Michael Boley and defensive end Chauncey Davis will test free agency. Indications are Foxworth might get a better deal elsewhere and the Falcons don't have a strong interest in keeping Boley, who lost his starting job last season.