From all reports, the 14 year veteran had a spectacular workout with the New Orleans Saints. Derrick Brooks, an 11 time pro bowler with the Buccaneers, has been searching for a job since he was released by Tampa’s front office this past winter. New Orleans’s Coach Sean Payton was quoted as saying that money is not a factor in determining whether or not the Saints will sign Brooks.
The long time Buccaneer does have some competition for the position. 12 year veteran Derek Smith, who has had stints in Washington, San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami, has also been brought in to work out.
The team was awaiting word on how long injured linebacker Mark Simoneau would be out before making a decision on whether or not to bring in Brooks or Smith. It was announced on NFL Network this morning that Simoneau will miss the entire 2009 season with torn triceps.
So, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Brooks get signed by New Orleans sometime this week. If anyone knows what Brooks can bring to the table, it’s Payton. He was quoted on NFL.com as saying: “We felt like he was still playing at a high level. He’s an intelligent player, instinctive, a guy that really been a pain for us over the years, so we’ve got a lot of respect for his ability.”
I’ve got to say I’ve got mixed feelings on this one. On one hand, it is absolutely going to kill me to see my favorite Buc’s player of all time wearing a division rival’s jersey. On the other hand, I can’t really blame the guy for going out there and trying to make a paycheck for his family. Another two or three million is going to go a long way in the retirement fund. It just seems that if the Saints are going to make him a back up anyway, then why can’t he come back here? Are you seriously telling me that we don’t have a spot for a guy that fought tooth and nail for this team for 14 years, but we do have a spot for Adam Hayward? It just doesn’t make sense. I know the team is undergoing a youth movement, but I think Brooks’ presence in the locker room for the young guys would be a good thing, maybe even a great thing.
One thing is for sure, if double nickel does go to the Saints then I will officially dislike Mark Dominik. The youth movement is great, and I agree that we needed it, but all youth is not a good thing. Look what happened to the Chiefs the past few years. They totally cleaned house, and now they are still in the same boat they were before. Just because we’re giving younger guys the opportunity to succeed doesn’t mean they will. Sometimes a proven commodity should be taken at face value. It’s called a commodity for a reason. Maybe I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for Brooks, and maybe the Saints are just posturing in their endorsement of his abilities, but if he signs with the Saints, then I am proclaiming it an absolute travesty.
What do you guys think? Weigh in with your opinions on how you will feel seeing one of the best (if not the best) players to ever wear Crimson and Pewter switch to black and gold.