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Brooking's price exceeded production

Originally Published: February 26, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- Sentiment is a wonderful thing, but it doesn't do much to affect the bottom line, or just as important, a team's win-loss record.

Which explains, at least in part, why weakside linebacker Keith Brooking is a free agent studying airline schedules these days, instead of poring over an Atlanta Falcons playbook for his 12th season with the only NFL franchise for which he has ever suited up.

Give general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith high grades for not succumbing ...

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