Brooking is headed to Dallas

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

It's a sad day in Atlanta, but Keith Brooking's signing with Dallas is probably a good thing for the Falcons.

Atlanta made an offer to Brooking to continue his career with the only team he ever had played. Brooking said no, and that's probably a good thing for both sides. Brooking had struggled at times last season and showed he was near the end of his career.

The Falcons did make an attempt to re-sign Brooking, but he was allowed to test the market after the Falcons voided the final year of his contract. The Falcons wanted Brooking to accept a reduced role and a reduced salary. Brooking still believes he has a lot to give.

Brooking wanted to keep playing, but the Falcons weren't real interested in him having a chance as a starter next season. Dallas had no trouble finding room for Brooking and his leadership and experience should help, assuming Brooking still has the physical talent left to have an impact.