Facing Falcons 'going to be a lot of fun'

Updated: October 21, 2009, 1:13 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- The simple fact is the Atlanta Falcons didn't see Keith Brooking as a starting linebacker anymore.

The Falcons wanted Brooking, a five-time Pro Bowler who led Atlanta in tackles the last eight seasons, to accept a reserve role and a drastically reduced salary. He refused to accept that his days as an every-down player were over and opted to rejoin Wade Phillips, his former defensive coordinator now coaching the Dallas Cowboys.

So nobody believed Brooking for ...

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