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  1. Mooch

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    They just cut Rod Coleman and old friend Thomas Dimitroff seems to be planning a MASSIVE roster overhaul.

    http://www.ajc.com/braves/content/sports/falcons/stories/2008/02/14/falcons_0215.html

    Brooking would make a really nice addition to the ILB rotation, dontcha think? I know his ideal position is probably WLB but he's been effective in the middle before.
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    If a player gets cut from Atlanta, I doubt they'll end up in Foxboro.
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    Even a durable 5-time Pro Bowler at a need position?
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    You have to ask if Brooking gets cut, why did a Patriots guy, Dimitroff, release him? Certainly the Falcons need LB's more than we do.
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    You do have to ask, but there could be a multitude of reasons which would not take him out of consideration for the Pats, for example:

    1. cap considerations

    2. personality conflict with new coaching staff

    3. player is tired of losing atmosphere and needs a change of scenery (see Moss, Randy)

    4. etc
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    One more,maybe he doesn't fit the system they're are going to put in place.
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    Here are the rumored cuts.

    Warrick Dunn, Wayne Gandy, Todd Weiner, Keith Brooking, Lawyer Milloy, are all being speculated as roster casualties.
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    Here's another option.... OLB Michael Boley, who's 25 years old and had 109 tackles last season, is a RFA.
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    Wow, Miami and Atlanta want to start from scratch. Almost.
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    Under which tender? If it's the highest one, wouldn't we have to give up a 1st and 3rd round pick to get him?
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    That's what I would guess but it would be easier to get rid of a 1st if we traded down from #7 beforehand and had another one to use. We already have a 2nd rounder and two 3rds. Considering how many rookies we kept on the roster this past season, perhaps losing two picks for a RFA wouldn't be that much of a blow.
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    I've always been a big Dunn fan. If we didn't already have Faulk, I'd be interested in him as 3rd down, change of pace, pass catching RB option.
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    Brooking would be a perfect signing. Absolutely perfect.

    As to why Falcons are releasing him, I'd guess it is cap driven, but I have no idea his number. IIRC though, his last contract was about 4-5 years ago, so I'd think he's getting into bogus years now.
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    Brooking would be an awsome fit....and From what I remember hearing about him he is really smart and really hard worker....Just recalling a special from a few years back on him.

    After being on the falcons he might want to come here where he can win...

    he would be a much better option than Morgan, Thomas, or Wilson.
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    Boley will, almost certainly, be tendered at the highest level. A 1st and 3rd pick. If the Pats hadn't lost their 1st rounder, then I'd say do it in a heart beat.
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    that gives me a question.

    How does it work if you had 2 number ones. Do you give up the lower one in the swap or what?
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    If he's released, I'd expect Brooking to sign with a southern team. Maybe the Saints?
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    You give up yours. We don't have ours. Therefore we cannot sign RFAs tendered at the highest or second highest levels (1st+3rd or 1st). At least, that's how I believe it works.

    Brooking is a very good linebacker though his overall level of play has declined in recent years. May have something to do with the fact that Atlanta's just not that good of a team. He's the exact kind of guy I can see Belichick bringing in.
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    That can't be right....So we according to your theory could not use the #7 overall to get a first round tendered player because it is not our 1st rounder. But if we had a first rounder it would be 31, much worse....are you sure the rule is not that your pick would have to be better than the original.

    anyone have a better Idea I hate not knowing.
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    I'm almost positive he's right and it has to be your own pick. IIRC, we used this rule to rook the Redskins on a RFA tender one year.

    I think it had to do with a tender on Chad Morton (?). Skins had two picks in the 3rd, their high pick and a lower pick they acquired. They were under impression that they were giving up lower pick in the deal (and I don't think NE did anything to correct said impression).

    When all was said and done and the Pats did not match the sheet, Skins had to give up their higher pick.
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